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Re: NFC: raising crickets

You can feed the crickets ground up dry cat food.  They love it.  Any vegetables


IndyEsox at aol_com wrote:

> I still have time to collect wild crickets and start a culture.  I've heard a
> few things, which I will relate.  Please correct or expand on items and throw
> me any other tips you know.
> - Life span of crickets is about three weeks. In order to have an ongoing
> culture, I need to breed them.  I read once you put shallow containers of
> sand for them to lay eggs in. Due adult crickets need to be removed to
> another container once babies hatch?
> - They need heat, particularly in a cold house during winter.  In the bait
> shops, I typically see low wattage light bulbs left on 24/7.
> Someone just gave me a large electric "hot rock" normally used for lizards
> and snakes.  Would this work instead of light bulb?
> - Water:  I've heard that if you use open containers of water, they will
> drown.  A sponge in water is what I typical see.
> - Food:  I think the bait shops use commercial cricket food. In the garden I
> see them eating bread I throw out to the birds and sometimes tomatoes on the
> ground that have broken open.  I can't imagine white bread being very
> nutritious.  Anyone have a good source of cricket food or other easily
> obtainable stuff they will eat?
> - Containers:  I have some cracked aquariums with screen tops.  Planning on
> filling them with empty 12-pack egg containers. Any other suggestions?
> - Personally, I like to listen to crickets.  But the odor they generate will
> probably get them confined to the basement.  The other reason for raising
> them is food for native fish.
> All help appreciated.
> Chuck Church
> Indianapolis, Indiana USA