Message Number: YG2985 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-26 12:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: What about crickets?

Two of mine will eat insects; I generally feed them mealworms on a
relatively infrequent basis.

My vet (ferret-knowledgable) actually discouraged this, saying the
carapice could lead to a blockage. I personally am not so sure, and
feel that the chitinous material could be useful for roughage, and
the insect's nutritional value is pretty good, as well.

On top of that, Bubbles especially gets a kick out of
playing "predator" with goodies like crickets, which strikes me as a
good way to give her some mental simulation.

I say, for healthy ferrets, give it a go; they may be completely
uninterested, or they may get a real charge out of it.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., wolfysluv@a... wrote:
> I've thought about buying a feeder cricket or two to see what
my ferrets
> do. Of all the bugs, crickets have some of the best nutritional
value for a
> number of Reptiles and Snakes. Many feeder crickets are raised
very cleanly,
> and are given good diets. Crickets raised for bait are left in
much of their
> own filth, are not bred as carefully, and are fed a very cheap diet
> in many vitamins.
> OK my question ... would it be ok... or better than ok... to
let my
> ferrets eat a cricket or two during the year?
> Wolfy
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