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Breeding Cricket Breeding Techniques Bring High Yield

Among the insects used for food, cricket meat is the most popular. This cricket meat is rich in protein, calcium, and tastes as good as crab meat, so it is increasingly sought by diners. This is also the reason why many families turn to cricket farming to earn extra income. Below will be techniques for raising crickets product bring high productivity, do not rush to ignore this content.

Learn about the life cycle of breeding crickets

The life cycle of crickets is very short. They mature and enter the reproductive period from 45 to 60 days old and know how to use the crowing to call a mate. Crickets molt 3 times, from 45-50 days old, the crickets also begin to molt for the 3rd time. At this time, the behavior of male crickets is extremely aggressive, they will fight each other to fight for female crickets to die. stop.

Reproductive crickets have a certain life cycle
Reproductive crickets have a certain life cycle

After fertilization, female crickets will lay continuously for 20-25 days, each laying 600-700 eggs. When all eggs are laid, they will die.

How to choose a good breed?

Choose healthy, agile, disease-free breeds.

Male crickets must be strong, with smooth wings, and a loud crowing.

Female crickets prefer large bellies.

The ratio of male to female when choosing crickets is usually: ½ or 1/3 . That is, for every 15 males, about 30-45 females will be selected to put in the same tank.

How to make a cage for crickets

People can make use of the area to make cricket cages such as warehouses, terraces, front yards, etc., but they must have a roof to prevent rainwater from hitting them directly. Crickets can adapt very well to high temperatures up to 40-45 degrees Celsius, so choosing a location is not too difficult.

How to make a simple cricket cage, people can make use of plastic containers, foam boxes, buckets, pots, wooden crates, cartons …

Styrofoam box

Raising baby crickets from 1 to 15 days old. People just need to use tape to stick a wide line around the top edge, inside so they don’t climb out. At this stage, the baby crickets are still small, so the care process is simple, there is no need to clean up. After 15 days of age, it must be transferred to another box.

Carton box

Just a box with the size of about 60cm x 60cm can raise about 1-2kg of crickets. Cartons absorb moisture well, dry, do not smell, can raise a few litters before having to change the box.

Crickets can live in many different types of cages and nests
Crickets can live in many different types of cages and nests

Net box

In the summer, crickets can be raised with a net box to ensure ventilation.

Feeding bucket

Plastic buckets of water can also be used to raise crickets. Especially during the reproductive period. A 45 liter bucket can release 10 male crickets and 20 female crickets. An 80 liter bucket can release 15 male crickets and 30 female crickets to breed.

Wood box

If raising crickets on a large scale, people can use wooden crates for long-term use, saving time in care and cage area, especially in winter. Various bin sizes are available:

Wooden crates with the size of 60cm x 1.2m can raise about 20,000 young crickets of size 1-10 days old and raise about 5kg of commercial meat crickets.

Wooden crates with the size of 1.2m x 1.2m can hold about 40,000 young crickets of size 1-10 days old and raise about 10kg of commercial meat crickets.

Each bin must have a lid to prevent crickets from jumping out and at the same time to prevent pests from attacking. If you make your own cricket box, you can use the lid of the table cage to cover it. If you buy a box to raise crickets in the market, you should use a heated iron rod and poke about 50-60 holes to create ventilation.

What is the food of breeding crickets?

What do crickets eat?

Cricket food is divided into 3 types:

Green food mainly eats grass, young leaves, lettuce, lettuce, cabbage, sweet potato leaves, etc. People can take advantage of some natural grasses such as grass, bear, velvet grass, grass. chicken. In addition, grown grasses such as citronella grass, ruzi grass, guine grass… are also favorite foods of crickets. If you raise a large farm, you can actively plant grass to raise crickets.

Crickets can eat many different foods
Crickets can eat many different foods

Refined feed is the bran used to raise chickens or fish. This is an important food source when raising commercial meat crickets to provide maximum nutrition and minerals for them to grow quickly and evenly.

Vegetable food: watermelon rind, melon, pink melon, carrot, cassava, sweet potato, tapioca, pumpkin, cucumber…

How to feed crickets

When feeding, it is necessary to put each type of food separately in the tank. Crickets are very sensitive to strange smells, so the food source must be fresh, clean, not poisoned, not rancid, not moldy.

Fine food: bran for crickets must be finely ground. If mixing many different ingredients, it must be mixed thoroughly to ensure uniformity, quality and nutrition. People spread bran on plastic trays. With the size of the food tray as above, only feed 1-2 teaspoons at a time, avoiding leaving too much residue, causing pollution, unsanitary, and moldy rot.

Green food: Vegetables are bundled into small bundles, each bundle is about 50 – 70g so that when eating, crickets do not cause grass to be scattered around in the barrel. For each crate, feed 1-2 bundles of grass once. If you eat them all, then add them so that the vegetables do not wilt and turn yellow.

Vegetable foods: This is only a supplementary food source. You need to cut the fruit into small pieces, not leave the whole fruit.

Crickets have a pretty good appetite.  If feeding by meal, it needs to be at the right time, at the right meal and with the right number of meals
Crickets have a pretty good appetite. If feeding by meal, it needs to be at the right time, at the right meal and with the right number of meals

Cleaning cages, preventing harmful diseases

Crickets like to be clean, live in cool and dry conditions, so it is necessary to ensure that the cage and the tank are clean.

Every day after feeding should observe the eating status and adjust accordingly, pick up the leftover food or the leaves of vegetables that have turned yellow, waterlogged, rotten. Absolutely do not let crickets eat moldy bran and drink dirty water.

Regularly sweep the floor of the barn to clean, not to let leftover food or drinking water to give rise to pathogens.

At the adult stage, it is advisable to distance the rearing density in the crate by placing layers of perches inside for them to climb, jump, and create ventilation.

Crickets like to be clean, so the environment for raising crickets needs to be open
Crickets like to be clean, so the environment for raising crickets needs to be open

Do not spray mosquito sprays, insect sprays directly into the cricket breeding area.

Do not let ants and cockroaches enter and eat crickets’ food.

In general, crickets are easy to raise, with few diseases, so during the rearing process, almost only need to perform disease prevention with 3 criteria: Eat clean – drink clean – stay clean.

Crickets are an important link in the natural food chain of many animals. Some farms raising ornamental fish, chickens, ducks, pigs… also buy crickets for biosafety processing. Not only that, cricket meat is delicious, nutritious, low in fat, which is exploited and processed into many attractive dishes by humans. Thus, crickets have many potential markets and large-scale commercial cricket farming has many advantages for development.

Wish you success with breeding crickets – the model of raising crickets for the highest yield that we have shared above.

Emilia Chaney
Emilia Chaney
My name is Emilia Chaney. I'm a social girl from Romania with a big smile and 3 passions: Agriculture, Travel and Social Media. I try to make this blog practical, full of great advice and inspiring ideas.

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