Features of growing crickets
Crickets contain a lot of protein, calcium, phosphorus and therefore often become an object for growing. An adult reaches 2 cm in length (without whiskers and tails) within 2-4 weeks, which makes it a large feed species of insects with a high level of nutritional value.
Our cricket population is kept in well-ventilated plastic containers (special zooboxes), the minimum size of which is 370 x 220 x 250 mm. The size of the container depends on the density of insects, i.e. it can contain up to 1 thousand crickets. As a substrate, we use sawdust or soil, and to increase the living space of crickets, we place egg trays made of cardboard in a container. Such a livestock in a container is called a cage.
Maintaining a certain temperature and low humidity is of great importance. The temperature of keeping crickets is 27-30 °C (around the clock), they are able to tolerate significant temperature changes for a short time. Therefore, our premises are equipped with a microclimate system for favorable conditions for growing crickets.
Crickets are fed twice a day, because they spend 12 hours in the light and 12 hours in the dark. Dry food is used as the main feed, and oats and bran are used as supplementary feed. Although drinkers are installed on the premises, crickets get the main moisture with moist food (succulent food), which are present in the diet of crickets in sufficient quantities and consist of: carrots, lettuce, etc. In summer, we try to add dandelion, clover and nettle leaves to crickets. But the best and most proven option of dry feed is a special balanced compound feed for crickets. The feed contains all the necessary micro and macro elements: dried gammarus, seaweed, oatmeal, and bran of various cereals, fodder sulfur, tricalcium phosphate feed, herbs and probiotics.
Females lay eggs in special containers filled with substrate. Moisten the substrate 1-2 times a day. As the substrate is filled with eggs (after 2-3 days), the containers are placed in an incubator, where 27-30 ° C is maintained and humidity is 90%. In a few days, we place the containers with eggs from the incubator in a separate cage for hatching larvae. There is a further development of crickets in these cages. For successful year-round breeding of this type of cricket, we have at least 4 age sections of cages where crickets of different periods develop.
It is carried out in well ventilated tanks. In summer, especially on a hot and sunny day, the shipment and delivery of live crickets is performed instantly to avoid exposure to direct sunlight and overheating of containers.
After each batch of crickets (once a week), containers are thoroughly washed and disinfected. We create almost laboratory conditions for livestock cultivation, because this species, although resistant to diseases, can cause quite a few external bacteria carried by street insects. Therefore, in the process of growing crickets, the farm maintains high purity - it is one of the key conditions for obtaining a large and healthy population of crickets.