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How to breed crickets at home -- tips, tricks, and how-tos

How to breed crickets at home
If you have any critter visitors in your garden that eat live crickets such as frogs and toads, you have probably realized that it can be expensive to keep buying packages of live crickets to feed your garden friends. Sure, they can catch their own food, but if you provide a steady food supply, they will stick around to enjoy the extra treats.

Breeding your own crickets at home is an effective way to decrease costs and ensure that your little friend eats the highest quality food.

Tip: If you keep amphibian or lizard pets in a vivarium, they will likewise enjoy the live crickets as a food option as part of a nutritious diet.

Why breed your own feeder crickets

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The disadvantages of breeding crickets

Care and feeding of your crickets

Choose your container

There are many types of containers that can be used to house your crickets. It is up to you whether you use a plastic tote or bin or buckets or aquarium tanks. You can even make your own cricket cage, but if you prefer this route, a basic aquarium with a screen top would be a better choice. There are also pre-built keepers that are specifically designed to pen crickets.

Note: Keep in mind that you will need at least three separate bins or tanks for your cricket farm because you will be separating crickets at certain stages in their life-cycle. In addition, the eggs will have to be incubated separate from the adult crickets.

Maintaining temperature

Once you have at least three large enclosures for raising your crickets, you will need some heating lamps to maintain the perfect temperature for the adult crickets and the eggs. If the temperature gets much colder than 75° F, the crickets are in danger of dying. You may need two or three heating lamps per each bin depending on the temperature of the area where the crickets are being housed.

Basic cricket maintenance

Daily maintenance can become a frustrating task if you do not set things up properly from the start of your breeding program.

For example, if you use sand on the bottom of the bins, you will have to transport the crickets into a separate bin each time you need to clean out the bins. When you have several bins to clean, this can quickly become tiring.

Likewise, the more you have to move the crickets, the more inevitable escapees there will be. Do you want to spend all your time chasing down escaped crickets?

Feeding the food supply

What you feed your feeders is ultimately what you feed your pet, so this should be your top priority.

Crickets are natural scavengers who will eat anything that is available to them. Mold and mildew are the two things to watch for in your enclosure. You can avoid mold and mildew by removing uneaten fresh food promptly. If any mold or mildew begins to form in the housing, the crickets may get sick from eating it.

When the sick crickets die, the others will eat the carcasses unless you remove them promptly. Remove any corpses on a daily basis to stay ahead of it.

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