Jan 17, 2021 - 06:15 AM
Yes, all our crickets will breed readily.
We recommend starting with 1000 3-Week crickets. Purchasing 3-Week crickets will allow them to reach sexual maturity in three to four weeks and ensure you benefit from their full adult breeding time-span.
Each female will lay 5-10 eggs per day until she's laid roughly 100 eggs.
To breed crickets, you will need a minimum of two enclosures for them (one for the adults and at least one for the juveniles). You may want 3 or 4 so you can keep your sizes segregated.
Be sure they have lots of ventilation; use very big plastic bins. We leave them open at the top so as much fresh air as possible can circulate.
Crickets need to be kept warm. We keep our adults between 80 and 90° and our juveniles at 92°. You may need ceramic lamps, or under tank heat emitters to get your enclosure that warm.
They will need stacks of cardboard egg flats, paper towel rolls, etc. so they have lots of surface area and places to hide.
The adults will need a place to lay eggs, you can use a Rubbermaid container that is a few inches deep and use peat moss, vermiculite, sterile soil, etc. for them to lay their eggs in. It needs to be damp. Adult crickets will quickly find it and lay their eggs.
After you see pinhead size crickets emerging (about a week) you'll need to move it to another enclosure - the adults will eat the babies.
They will need food and water, we recommend Repashy Bug Burger as it's an all-in-one food and water source and is nutritionally complete. You can also use chicken mash (without antibiotics), and a sponge set in very shallow water.
To clean your bin: Shake the crickets off of the egg flats and remove flats from the cage, remove food and water. Using a 6" putty knife, scrape the sides and bottom toward the center. (the live crickets will jump from the pile to the corners). Wash water bottle, refill and put back (or replace water crystals), add grain.
Good luck with your cricket breeding!!