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Beetle Help

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Bowhunter1800, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Bowhunter1800

    Bowhunter1800 New Member

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    Hey guys I’m new to the beetles. I keep them in an old chest freezer. Every thing was goin pretty good and then I put my first deer skull in and ever since then my humidity jumped way up to about 80 percent does anyone have a reason that this might be or something to help with it.
    Thanks
     
  2. The humidity will jump is your freezer is not vented
     

  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    As above. Did you also take the brain out of skull and air dry it for a while before giving it to the bugs? There are a couple of really good freezer builds on here to show how to ventilate it properly.
     
  4. Bowhunter1800

    Bowhunter1800 New Member

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    The freezer does have a 2.5 in vent hole but I may have to add another or a fan and yes I did get the brain out but did not let it dry out before I put it in I will have to do the for the next one.
     
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Put the heads in front of a fan to help them dry out faster. Meat should be a bit like jerky but not hard as a rock.
     
  6. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I lost an entire colony in a freezer overnight due to poor ventilation. I had a 12 inch square screen vent in the lid. The temp inverted, and our humidity had that freezer filled with moisture. A circulating fan is a must.
     
  7. Kevin Strock

    Kevin Strock New Member

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    As long as your freezer is vented and has air circulation add a heating element used for reptiles to reduce humidity and will keep temp up as well. My temp runs about 75-85 degrees and humidity will be 50 or less sometimes as low as 25.. had my colony going on about 3 years now..
     
  8. On my colonies I replaced the entire lid with a new lid framed with 2x2 and used the smallest window screen mesh I could find. Between the freezer and lid I glued a magnetic strip on freezer and on new lid sealing it so they couldn't get out. I put a towel over the top to help keep warm. I usually put 4-5 heads in at a time and by the end of the week they're clean. The only time I have humidity problems is if they were wet when put in enclosure. I keep all heads waiting on beetles in a real freezer where they tend to dry out while frozen.