Re: New hedgehog owner, few questions!
Personally I love feeding crickets because you can gut load crickets. Gut loading is feeding the crickets healthy veggies and fruits a few days before feeding the crickets to your hedgie. By doing this you sort of pass on the nutrients to him/her. I do not feed live crickets because of the escape problem. I gut load for three days and then freeze them overnight in the freezer. This will kill them. They only take 10 minutes to thaw. I feed about 7 a night because Marvin is young and growing. I hide them around his cage so he can be entertained finding them. Anything he doesn't find I throw away in the morning.