April E. Johnson
Gourmet Crickets for "Pop-i" (Chaco
It all started out simple enough. After my "save this poor frog"
purchase of "Pop-i" at a local pet hovel (see footnote 1.), I was
getting my crickets at a bait shop for about 10 cents each. (The
pet hovel was out of crickets.) This went well for about 4
- 6 weeks and then the bait shop went out of the cricket business
for the season. (The pet hovel was still out of crickets.) I caught
two house crickets. I drove 80 miles to the nearest large city -
no crickets there either.
I really wanted to resist buying large quantities of crickets,
but Pop-i was not responding to any other food temptations. I got
so worried about not being able to get him interested in anything
that I finally had to start putting night crawlers in his mouth.
Through the Internet I located a cricket business and placed the
minimum order (500 crickets) and what with
shipping and all they cost me $17.50. My troubles were not over.
While waiting for the cricket shipment to arrive I tried hunting
them on the farm and in the house again - no luck. (The pet hovel
was still out of crickets.)
Finally the post office has the C.O.D. cricket order for me to
pick up. I paid my $17.50 and suddenly I realize that I have no
facilities to keep crickets! I raced to the pet hovel and offered
to give them the crickets if they would house them and let me have
some of them as needed. Somehow, about 30 min. later, I left the
pet hovel with $38.00 worth of cricket keeping equipment.
I went home and fed Pop-i his first Gourmet Cricket at the bargin
price of only $55.50!
1. Hovel - a small, miserable dwelling