Hatchling Bin

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Materials
Shoebox sized plastic tub. This one is from the Dollar Tree.
Screen or plastic screen (plastic canvas; you can find it in the yarn/needlework section of a craft store)
Utility Knife
Glue or Silicon
Plants and Sticks
Food and Water dishes

 

Lets make a baby bin!

Draw a rectangle on the lid of the bin. You will be cutting this part out.

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Use the utility knife to cut out a hole in the lid.

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Some people melt in holes in the tub using a wood burner. This works too. I just like having a big screened area for easy misting.

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Regular screen works just as well but I prefer the plastic canvas screen since it’s more rigid and sturdy.  Cut a piece to size. Make sure to make it at least 1/2 inch bigger than the hole in all dimensions.

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Lay down a line of glue: silicon, hot glue, gorilla glue, etc all work.  (Elmers and craft glue won’t work most likely.)

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Place the screening on top of the glue and really push the lid, screen, and glue together. Use rubber gloves, Q-tips, or a spoon to help evenly spread the glue out.

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Time to get the tub ready for the hatchling. Get a food dish and a water dish. These are dollar store pill containers. Soda caps, milk, caps, contact lens containers, etc all work great as well.

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Place a nice big plant in the tub for the hatchling to hide in. Remember, a hatching is tiny and maybe afraid, so he/she will want a place to hide. Leaves, paper towel tubs, coconut shells, etc are great places for them to hide.

Note: we recommend only one hatchling per tub. Other people will say they can be housed together and while we respect their options, we prefer to air on the side of caution and house everyone separately so we can ensure everyone is healthy, not stressed, and eating.

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Ready for the new baby!

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