Cricket Breeding Experiment

Discussion in 'Feeder Forum' started by wearentfree420, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. wearentfree420

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    So i have officially started to try and breed crickets.

    I bought a 20gl rubbermaid tub, cut a big square out of the top and duck taped screen to it.
    I bought eco-earth and put a layer down in a box and then cut down 1 side of the box and put
    it into the rubbermaid tub and put in some food in the tub.

    I live in Arizona(phoenix) and it stays warm in my house, so i'm not gonna try to use a heat emitter unless they start rapidly dying off or i need one to incubate.

    What i'm going to do is keep the laying box in there for about a week, then remove the breeders(aka feed Reptar).

    Any hints, tips, or tricks from experiences?

    Here's my setup's pics.
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    thnx in advance for help.
     
  2. JEFFREH

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  3. beefcake

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    you have ventilation which is good.

    you need:

    - to check the temps to make sure
    - give them egg crates or toilet paper rolls to hide in
    - a water dish with moist paper towels or toilet paper so they dont drown
    - good gutload for them
    - and make sure they can get into the laying box and also make sure to keep the dirt moist so the eggs dont dry up. but at the same time dont drown the eggs either

    if i forgot anything im sure someone will tell you the rest
     
  4. JEFFREH

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  5. wearentfree420

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    Ya i got all that only thing i really need to put in is some egg crate.

    Right now i'm just waiting on the females to be big enough to lay eggs, which is when their vents get a certain length.

    Anyone have experience on this?
     
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  7. beefcake

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    im in the middle of starting my colony, when you hear the chirping it means they are starting to do it.
     
  8. JEFFREH

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  9. wearentfree420

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    Ya i was just in there feeding him and i could hear the crickets chirping so i should be getting some eggs soon.
     
  10. JEFFREH

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  11. wearentfree420

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    anyone here successfully bred a colony of crickets?
     
  12. beefcake

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    the only thing im having trouble with is incubation of the eggs........i dont know how much longer i should be waiting for or if they dried out or got overheated. its a waiting game
     
  13. lollapalooza

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    Cricket eggs hatch at 80-90 degrees in about 7-10 days. You should see them in 3 or 4 if you have a clear container.
     

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