Inky is deathly afraid of live crickets (chicken! hehe) but loves them freeze-killed. (not sure that's the correct terminology) I toss a few of them into a plastic bag, and then into the freezer for AT LEAST 10 minutes, take out, thaw, and feed. I stress the at least 10 minutes part because one time I didn't freeze them long enough, and they thawed and started crawling around... when I was sure they were dead... made me think of zombies :? LOL, so I try to make sure they are 100% dead before taking them out.