Farming Crickets: The Basics

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    The Basics

    Commonly reared species

    Acheta domesticus, Gryollodes sigillatus, Gryllus bimaculatus (outside US), gryllus assimilis

     

    Temperature and Humidity

    87-92 degrees F (27-33 degrees Celsius).

    20-30% RH, Avoid above 40%.

    Incubate and hatch hotter and wetter. Breed at ~72 degrees F (22 degrees Celsius).

     

    Lifecycle

    Incubation: 9-14 days.

    Time from hatch to harvest: 4-5 weeks.

    Sexual maturity: 6-8 weeks.

     

    Basic Equipment

    Basics for a quick start listed below. Click each item for an in-depth exploration.

    Bin: apply 2 layers of smooth packing tape around the top to prevent escapes.

    Housing: (Typically egg filler flats or box dividers).

    Watering Source: (Potatoes/carrots/squash, chicken waterers with sponges, or other).

    Feed Tray & Feed: Tupperware lids, cafeteria trays, long shallow wooden troughs, etc.

    Laying trays (if breeding): pie tins with coconut coir or peat moss.

     

    Feed

    Dry feed: 16-21% chicken feed. Best is egg layer. The finer ground, the better.

    Moist feed: Rabbit pellets (rehydrate before use).

    Additional water sources: melons, root vegetables, squash and pumpkins, etc.

     

    Daily activities

    Replace feed every 2-3 days, or if crust or mold forms.

    Replace water every 3-5 days, or when empty.

    Clean out any wet frass, feed, etc.

     

    Laying

    Add breeding tray 3-5 days after most crickets are chirping (females chewing on housing). Remove after full (24 hours or less). Lay 3 times, 1 day between each.

     

    Harvesting

    Remove feed and water trays.

    Remove housing, shaking crickets off.

    Use harvesting techniques to speed process.

    Bag and freeze bugs.

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