Are you thinking about raising crickets?

Congratulations.  Raising your own crickets can be the best decision you’ll ever make. Not only can you save a ton of money,  but you can be independent and in control.  You don’t have to rely on the overpriced cricket farms, bait shops, pet stores, or other suppliers.  You can go fishing whenever you want to or feed your pet lizard whenever you want to.  Heck, maybe you can even have a nice crunchy snack for yourself (if you’re into that sort of thing). Whether you want to raise them as feeders, fish bait, pets, food, or any other reason, you are in the right place. If you follow the correct steps,  you’ll be well on your way to operating your own thriving, healthy cricket farm.

Before you begin, it is important to understand what you will be getting yourself into.  As beneficial as it is to breed crickets, it is not necessarily for the faint of heart. You must be able to endure the day-to-day routine maintenance of an often smelly enclosure.  You’ve got to be okay with the idea of a few crickets running loose in your house.  A few are bound to escape no matter what you do, and it is not recommended to keep your crickets outdoors.  Outdoor crickets are susceptible to many potential threats, and keeping your crickets outdoors may significantly lower your success rate.  Try to clear out an indoor space for your cricket farm.

You should weigh the cost of supplies and food for the crickets.  The total cost will depend on how many crickets you want to maintain. You can raise anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand crickets at a time. The more crickets you choose to house, the more containers you’ll need, and the larger the containers will have to be.  For cricket cages, it is possible to use anything from giant storage tubs to cardboard boxes to fish tanks. When it comes to food, most commercial farmers use a corn-based meal for their crickets.  Keep in mind that they do this more for convenience than any other reason.  If you want your crickets to be as nutritious and healthy as possible (and why wouldn’t you?), then you’ll want to feed them something a bit more substantial than commercial cricket chow.  Try to offer as much variety as possible into the cricket diet.  The “what to feed crickets” page features a list of items you may want to consider.

Crickets are more than just insects.  They are unique and require specific environmental conditions in order to survive. They need to be in a location where they are safe from outdoor predators and harsh temperature conditions.   A garage can suffice as long as it is temperature controlled and relatively free of flying insects (flies can be a danger to crickets).  The area and containers must also be secure while still allowing air to flow through easily.  To reduce odor and prevent cricket suffocation, there should be plenty of ventilation within the container.  Make sure that whatever material you use is tight enough to keep other insects away.

It is not hard to get your crickets to breed, provided that they have the right setting and are happy. It seems that they live for no other reason than to breed. Their short lifespan is just long enough for reproduction to take place.  A female cricket can lay hundreds of eggs per a day for every day that she is sexually mature.   There is a bit more to it though.  She does need a nesting area to lay the eggs, and it needs to be protected from the males who are known to burrow into them. You can learn how to properly protect her eggs when you read my special guide about breeding crickets.

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