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).
Incubation: 9-14 days.
Time from hatch to harvest: 4-5 weeks.
Sexual maturity: 6-8 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove feed and water trays.
Remove housing, shaking crickets off.
Use harvesting techniques to speed process.
Bag and freeze bugs.