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Banded Crickets Beat Their Rivals In Nutritional Tests

Banded crickets (also known as Brown Crickets) are far more nutritious than their rival Black Crickets and Silent Crickets in recent laboratory tests. Brown (Banded) crickets were proved to have a higher calorific value and to contain higher levels of protein than both their rivals.

Brown, Banded Crickets

Brown (banded) crickets are probably the best value for money when it comes to live foods.

Each and every week throughout the year Livefoods Direct breeds a minimum of 800,000 Banded crickets.  They provide a high nutritional diet for Birds and reptiles. Crickets are nurtured on a very high fibre diet consisting of Progrub; a mix of our unique brand of ingredients. Banded Crickets (Gryllodes Sigullatus) are the biggest selling Brown Crickets that we farm and are native to the Tropics – India.

Banded Crickets have an amazing growth rate, taking 35-42 days from hatching out of their egg pod to being able to reproduce themselves if kept in ideal conditions.

Banded Crickets are available in the 6 sizes listed below:

  • Banded (Brown) Crickets Adult Size 6 (17-20mm)
  • Banded (Brown) Crickets Large Size 5 (14-18mm)
  • Banded (Brown) Crickets Medium Size 4 (10-15mm)
  • Banded (Brown) Crickets Small/Medium Size 3 (7-10mm)
  • Banded (Brown) Crickets Small Size 2 (5-8mm)
  • Banded (Brown) Crickets Hatchling Size 1 (2-3mm)

Banded Crickets can be purchased in different sizes and packs, depending on how many and the size you require. They are packed in prepack tubs, or can be purchased in bulk sacks.

banded crickets sizes

Banded crickets must be kept in a cool dry place between 16-20 degree celsius. Banded Crickets that have been travelling overnight by courier or postal service, may need to be transferred on arrival depending on the quantities, to a tank with a tight-fitting well ventilated lid to stop them from getting too warm.

Banded Crickets need perching areas which can be provided in the form of cardboard egg cartons. This is also to reduce stress to the Banded Crickets which will reduce cannibalism. A small saucer of progrub can also be placed in with the Banded Crickets.

Fresh carrot or cabbage leaves may be provided, ensure that any carrot or cabbage is washed and that any pesticide trace is very low. Feed the Banded Crickets daily, any uneaten old leaves should be removed from the Banded Cricket habitat.

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WIN £60 Worth of Live Foods PLUS Get A 10% OFF ALL Purchases Code!

Livefoods Direct Christmas CompetitionIn the run up to Christmas, we have decided to run a competition to WIN £10 every month to spend on a livefoods order with us, spread over 6 whole months!!

Throughout the competition period, we’re also giving you a 10% OFF ALL PURCHASES discount code (details below)!!

The Competition:

As with our previous competition, throughout the 6 month period the winner will be entitled to spend £10 each month with us on any live foods that we have available on our website. Once we’ve contacted the winner, all you have to do is email or phone us with your order and we’ll send it off to you each month, it’s that simple!

If you’d like to enter our competition, then please send an email to comp@livefoodsdirect.co.uk with the subject header ‘I want free live foods for Xmas!’ along with your name and address in the email.

For an additional entry please share this competition with your Facebook or Twitter friends.

10% Discount Code:

The 10% OFF ALL purchases discount code is xmas13. Once you’ve added your items to the basket on our website,  go to the basket and in the ‘Promotional Codes’ section at the bottom of the basket area, click ‘remove’ (circled in red on the  screenshot below) on the right hand side and enter the code.

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Competition Rules:

Competition starts on 01st December 2013 and ends at midnight on 31st December 2013, UK entrants only.

The winner will be picked at random and notified after the competition closing date by email. You will then need to email or phone us with your order each month to the value of £10 or more if you’d like to pay the difference.

We’ll give you a unique password to tell us when you place your order either by phone or email to ensure the correct winner can claim their prize.

Good luck everyone!

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November Promotions – Save 25% on Selected Items

November promotion

Save 25% on these items During November 2013.  Enter PROMO CODE: nov13 at the checkout

Exo Terra Dishes
PT2801 Exo Terra Small Water Dish
PT2802 Medium Water Dish – Exo Terra
PT2803 Water Dish Large – Exo Terra
PT2804 Water Dish Extra Large – Exo Terra
PT2810 Gecko Dish Exto Terra
PT2811 Exo Terra Small Feeding Dish
PT2812 Feeding Dish Medium – Exo Terra
PT2813 Feeding Dish Extra Large – Exo Terra
PT2255 Exo Terra Std. Small Faunarium
PT2260 Exo Terra Std. Medium Faunarium
PT2265 Exo Terra Std. Large Faunarium
PT2300 Exo Terra Medium Flat Faunarium
PT2310 Exo Terra Large Flat Faunarium

Repti Glo Lamps
PT2186 Repti Glo 5.0 Compact Tropical Lamp 13w – Exo Terra
PT2187 Repti Glo 5.0 Compact Tropical Lamp 26w – Exo Terra
PT2188 Repti Glo 10.0 Compact Tropical Lamp 13w – Exo Terra
PT2189 Repti Glo 10.0 Compact Tropical Lamp 26w – Exo Terra
PT2192 Solar Glo Sun Simulating Lamp 125w – Exo Terra
PT2193 Solar Glo Sun Simulating Lamp160w – Exo Terra

Rain Forest / Savannah Substrates
RAINF5 Rain Forest Substrate Fine 5 Ltrs
RAINF10 Rain Forset Substrate Fine 10 Ltrs
RAINC5 Rain Forest Substrate Coarse 5 Ltrs
RAINC10 Rain Forset Substrate Coarse 10 Ltrs
BCF5 Savannah Beech Chip Substrate Fine 5 Ltrs
BCF10 Savannah Beech Chip Substrate Fine 10 Ltrs
BCC5 Savannah Beech Chip Substrate Coarse 5 Ltrs
BCC10 Savannah Beech Chip Substrate Coarse 10 Ltrs

Bulbs / Holders
CERAMIC40 Ceramic Conical Infra Red Heat Bulb 40w
CERAMIC60 Ceramic Conical Infra Red Heat Bulb 60w
CERAMIC100 Ceramic Conical Infra Red Heat Bulb 100w
CERAMIC150 Ceramic Conical Infra Red Heat Bulb 150w
CERFLAT100 Ceramic Flat Infra Red Heat Bulb 100w
CERFLAT150 Ceramic Flat Infra Red Heat Bulb 150w
CERFLAT250 Ceramic Flat Infra Red Heat Bulb 250w
LHFIT Ceramic Suspension Lampholder
LHBASE Ceramic base Fitting Lampholder

Thermostats
MINISTAT100 Ministat 100
MINISTAT300 Ministat 300
B1 B1 – Miicroclimate Dimming Thermostat
B2 B2 – Pulse Proportional Thermostat
B1ME B1ME – Microclimate Magic Eye Dimming Thermostat
B2ME B2ME- Microclimate Magic Eye Pulse Proportional Thermostat

See Novembers promotional products here

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October Promotions – 25% Off Selected Products

October Promotions

Save 25% on these items During October 2013

Exo Terra Thermometer/ Hygrometer Minimum 6 Mix ‘N’ Match
PT2455 Liquid Crystal Thermometer
PT2465 Dial Thermometer
PT2466 Hygrometer
PT2470 Combination Thermometer & Hygrometer
PT2472 Digital Thermometer With Probe
PT2477 Digital Hygrometer With Probe

Exo Terra Infrared Basking Spots
PT2142 Infrared Basking Spot 75w ES
PT2144 Infrared Basking Spot 100w ES

Exo Terra Halogen Basking Spots 50w ES
PT2181 Halogen Basking Spot 50w ES
PT2182 Halogen Basking Spot 75w ES

Exo Terra Hides Minimum 3 Mix ‘N’ Match
PT2864 Gecko Cave Small
PT2865 Gecko Cave Medium
PT2866 Gecko Cave Large
PT2867 Crystal Cave Medium
PT2868 Crystal Cave Large

Fluorescents Lamps Minimum 3 Mix ‘N’ Match
NAR18 Narva Reptilight 18” 15w
NAR24 Narva Reptilight 24” 18w
NAR30 Narva Reptilight 30” 25w
NAR36 Narva ReptiLight 36” 30w

Ultratherm Aztec Heat Strips Minimum 6 Mix ‘N’ Match
HSTR1 Heat Strip 17 x 6
HSTR2 Heat Strip 23 x 6
HSTR3 Heat Strip 35 x 6
HSTR4 Heat Strip 47 x 6

Ultratherm Aztec Heat Mats Minimum 6 Mix ‘N’ Match
HM1 Heat Mat 6 x 11
HM2 Heat Mat 11 x 11
HM3 Heat Mat 17×11
HM4 Heat Mat 23 x 11

Supplements Minimum 6 Mix ‘N’ Match
RLCD500 Reptiluxe Calci Pure 100g
RLCD501 Reptiluxe Calci Pure 250g
RLCP502 Reptiluxe Calci Phos 100g
RLCP503 Reptiluxe Calci Phos 250g
Offer Only Available for October 2013

See products in the promotion here

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WIN £45 worth of Live Foods Spread Over 3 Months!

Win Live FoodWe’re running a competition for one lucky winner to win £15 per month to spend on a livefoods order with us, spread over 3 months.

Throughout the 3 month period the winner will be entitled to spend £15 each month with us on any live foods that we have available on our website. Once we’ve contacted the winner, all you have to do is email or phone us with your order and we’ll send it off to you each month, it’s that simple!

If you’d like to enter then send an email to comp@livefoodsdirect.co.uk with the subject header ‘I want free live food!’ along with your name and address in the email.

Please share this competition with your Facebook or Twitter friends and for an additional entry follow us on Twitter and retweet our competition.

The Rules

Competition closes at midnight on 4th October 2013, UK entrants only.

The winner will be picked at random and notified after the competition closing date by email. You will then need to email or phone us with your order each month to the value of £15 or more if you’d like to pay the difference.

We’ll give you a unique password to tell us when you place your order either by phone or email to ensure the correct winner can claim their prize.

Good luck!!

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Where do your live food orders come from?

Take a look at our video to see where your live food orders come from and how we keep all of our insects happy before they are sold onto our mail order customers, pet shops, garden centres and zoos.

Every 7 days we produce approximately 2.5 million live crickets, 110,000 locusts, 9 million mealworms as well as other species that we sell.

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Welcome to our blog

Livefoods Direct LogoWelcome to Livefoods Direct’s new blog!  We’ve set this up to give our customers lots of information on our products, reviews, special offers and tips & advice on anything related to live food.

We have been breeding quality live food since 1981 and are the UK’s largest producer run from 4 sites with our main factory being 45,000 square feet.  Specialists in breeding a wide range of invertebrate species including live mealworms, waxworms, locusts, black crickets, banded crickets and silent crickets available in a range of sizes.  We also sell other live insects, frozen animals and accessories for your reptiles, live food and bird products.

Each week throughout the year Livefoods Direct breeds anything from approximately 1.5 to 3.5 tonnes of mealworms per week, making us the largest producer of Mealworm in the UK. Alongside this we produce up to 1,000,000 Banded Crickets, 500,000 Silent Crickets, 500,000 Black Crickets and 150,0000 locusts per week.

Our live food is sent to you direct from the breeder and packed daily to ensure they’re 100% fresh on the day they are despatched.   We offer free delivery on all live food orders which are covered by our live arrival guarantee.

We hope you find our blog useful and would love to hear from you, so please join in and comment on our posts.  If there’s anything particular that  you’d like us to write about then let us know!

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