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Breeding crickets

Friday, October 14, 2005 | 0 comments

Sometime ago I modified a plastic storage box for keeping crickets. I cut a large hole in the lid of the box, and glued a metal wire mesh on the inside of the lid, to cover the hole using a glue gun. Metal wire mesh, since if a plastic wire mesh is used the crickets will chew through it in no time.

Cricket box, overview
Cricket box, overview

Inside the box is a piece of a carton egg tray so the crickets have a place to hide, a bottle cap with some water, a bottle cap with some food, and a small plastic box with wet soil for laying eggs.

Male cricket near the food
Male cricket near the food

Besides vegetables I also feed them sweetened puffed wheat cereal, which the crickets seem to like a lot.

Lid with wire mesh, inside
Lid with wire mesh, inside

It's important to keep the soil for laying eggs quite moist since otherwise the eggs might dry out. I spray the soil once every two days.

Lid with wire mesh, outside
Lid with wire mesh, outside

After about a week I will remove the plastic box (actually a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box), and replace it with another one. The lid of the small box has many small holes, made with a hot needle. I put this box on my computer to add some extra heat and after about a week or two small crickets appear, which I move to a separate big box.

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