Crickets are an excellent source of protein and other essential nutrients for various pet reptiles. However, purchasing crickets from the local pet store can be quite the hassle, not to mention expensive. For this reason, here is a guide to raising and breeding crickets:
A warm and secure place to stay: To maintain a healthy batch of crickets, you should begin with at least thirty of them. They should be kept in a warm, well-ventilated container. It is also important that your cricket habitat is escape-proof. The best choice is a glass or plastic container that has a screen over the top. Keep in mind, crickets are chewers and may eat through nylon screens, so chose a sturdy and reliable material. Lastly, provide things for them to climb and places to hide – this is essential to keeping them happy and ready to breed in the future.
Their living space must be kept warm. You can use a heater or lamp to keep their cage warm. Both options work well as look as the cage is kept at 85 degrees Fahrenheit – a cricket cage should never be under 70 degrees or above 90 degrees. Crickets need to be fed and watered properly. Supply them with veggies and/or store bought cricket food in a small dish. Beware, crickets drown easily, so use an extremely shallow dish to supply them with their water.
Create a breeding sanctuary: Now that you have your cricket habitat set up and ready to go, you can begin setting up a breeding dish for crickets. This will be a separate container, preferably a two to three inch plastic storage container, or something fairly similar. Fill your chosen container with turf substrate from a pet store or dirt from your backyard, as long as it does not have pesticides in it. Next, pour about half-an-inch (about two teaspoons) of water in the container and then proceed to place it in your crickets’ cage.
Get ready for babies: After placing the container into the cricket’s habitat, they should lay eggs in about two to three weeks. Gently sift through the breeding dish with your finger to see if you can find any eggs. In most cases, they are about an inch deep into the dirt. If you see that the crickets have laid eggs, remove the breeding dish and keep it out of the main habitat because adult crickets trend to attack and often times, eat younger crickets.
Growing baby crickets: Once the baby crickets have hatched, they will be very small. Keep the babies separate for about a week, but you will have to eventually place them back into the main cricket habitat so they can continue to grow into healthy adults.
Adult crickets: Once crickets have prospered into full-grown adults, many people decide to feed them a nutritious diet in hopes that it will pass on to their reptile. There are also multi-vitamin supplements that you can dust along the crickets before feeding them to your reptile so they can revive optimal nutrition from the meal of crickets.
If you follow these steps on how to raise crickets and how to breed crickets, you are bound to be successful in your endeavors. Although, before beginning you should now that crickets are noisy and they are going to chirp – make sure this is okay with whoever else you live with. All in all, your reptile will love their freshly bred crickets!