Feb 21, 2021 - 05:09 AM
You will need a plastic tub that is very tall, we like the Buckle Down Storage Boxes at Home Depot. The sides must be tall enough that your egg flats, etc are well below the lip of the container.
Be sure they have lots of ventilation, put shiny tape stuck around the inside towards the top so they can't walk over it. We leave them open at the top so as much fresh air as possible can circulate. Crickets will not jump over a wall if they can't clearly see the other side.
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.
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 containers, refill and put back (or replace Bug Burger), add grain.