How To Breed & Raise Crickets – The Critter Depot



hi guys thank you for your interest in the critter Depot we sell and ship hundreds of thousands of live crickets and super worms each and every week and today we want to show you how to breed and raise your own crickets now crickets you know sometimes your pets eat them a lot it probably should be in about 30 to 50 every day but going through all those crickets you know the cost can add up we definitely understand that so raising your own crickets it's not challenging it's not difficult and you only need some basic supplies from from Lowe's or Home Depot or any type of hardware store so what I'd like to go with you over today is how you can set up your own cricket breeding area and just start raising your own crickets so the first thing you're gonna want is plastic tub now so I have two of them I'm gonna make two here today and each of these tub these are fifty six quart tubs I bought them at Home Depot for $8 apiece and they are twelve inches tall and you're looking at 23 inches wide and about 16 inches long so this is a 56 quart tub and this is perfect each one is perfect for 500 crickets because I have a thousand crickets here that I'm gonna divvy up in between each tub so once you have your tub here you got to use your bedding material by far the best bedding material to use with crickets is a substance called vermiculite it's very it's very dry and it's Verte it's an excellent substrate for crickets because it's very absorbent crickets depending what you use they can get a little smelly so if you use vermiculite that's going to help drastically control the odors and what we got some food mixer light this is two cubic feet of it I got again and got this at Home Depot and it was 20 bucks for this bag but you know like I said this stuff is very light and practically no weight to it at all so what you're gonna want to do then take your tub and line maybe about first two inches with the vermiculite just so you have a nice sub sub straight for your cricket stuff move around on there we go spread it around so so looking aside that might be an inch probably go a little heavier prick it's not gonna burrow in it they just use it to walk around on and the benefit of using this is that it's very absorbent so crickets defecate and go to the bathroom this is gonna control that odor so that's this is perfect this is what you want large plastic tub with some vermiculite on the bottom so so this is step number one the next step is when you raise your crickets they need a separate substrate to lay their eggs in and that other substrate is top soil top soil is a lot denser it's a lot denser than vermiculite it retains moisture a lot better with these crooked eggs you're gonna need those cricket eggs to be in a nice humid environment and that that topsoil is gonna help keep the humidity up so you know something you can use Tupperware I got this Tupperware at the dollar store and this is a perfect size this is just a sandwich Tupperware package so what you want to do is just just take one of them like this you want to fill it with your topsoil just like that okay yeah that's that's where your crickets are gonna lay their eggs so just take this find a corner and kind of buried a little bit just kind of move new for the bedding around there kind of want to fill in the gaps you don't want your crickets getting stuck back there so they're okay here we have our two cricket habitats both of them we have the same amount of the vermiculite for the bedding and we have our topsoil in the egg depository where the cricket female crickets will lay their eggs so now it's time to introduce our crickets to their environment okay so I'm going to pretend to be you guys I just got a thousand crickets in the mail so as you can see we package them in screen containers and I got a thousand quarter-inch crickets quarter-inch crickets there are only about seven days old they're not quite ready to bridge it if you're looking for crickets to breathe right away then you might want to consider like the 5/8 inch that they're about 10 to 12 days old the reason I recommend going with something a little younger because then it gives them time to acclimate to their new environment after the trains that can get a little stressed out and if they're sexually active they might not adjust as quickly as younger crickets can so that's why I think the quarter-inch starting with quarter-inch might be a better plan than going right away with crickets that can start breeding right away so here I already open up the box we already got some Lucy's one egg crate put it in there just the other egg crate put it in the other one and just gonna pop them in yeah the transits rough on them so they're gonna be jumping not sure what's going on so they're gonna be jumping everywhere and you know if you're capable of getting every last cricket and tell me your secrets because I'm not sure how exactly how to not get some runaway crickets okay so that was a box of a thousand and you know I don't know exactly if I exactly have 500 apiece but it's good enough so after the transit these crickets are severely dehydrated so you're gonna need to give them moisture right away sometimes people like to put in little tubs of water that's okay but that can actually cause your crickets to drown something I like to use are slices of tangerines or oranges watermelon pineapple real juicy fruit because that has enough substance and hydration to get your crickets hydrated after the long transit and you know something I actually like are these little cups these little cups of oranges I see these they sell these for a dollar at the dollar store so you know these cups they're saturating water I already dumped out the juice so I'm just going to go ahead and put these mandarins inside the cricket habitat and in a few minutes you're gonna see these crickets swarming around these mandarins because they are thirsty okay so as you can see our crickets are fed they are starting to swarm the orange slices they're getting their hydration they're also getting viable substance in nutrition and so really what they're gonna live in here for about a week so in one week I'm gonna come back and I'm gonna check in on their tubs of topsoil what I'm gonna be looking for cricket eggs and as I start to see more and more cricket eggs there's a point where they're no longer andele cricket eggs in this because it's going to be too many so what I'm what I will then do is lift this up and put it into a new tub without any other crickets then those crickets will hatch and you'll have your pinhead crickets isolated all by themselves and so you know what about a week after that happens I'll film it let you guys see it and we'll we'll review it so talk to you then okay guys we're back it has been about two weeks since we put together our rearing bins and that has allowed our crickets about seven to ten days to breed and lay eggs inside their egg containers so what we have here we took out the two containers and now it's time to make the incubator so the incubator bin is very similar to the rearing bin but it's probably a little simpler to to make it requires less less actual material now one thing I wanted to go over that I didn't mention before was as your egg bins have been sitting inside the rearing bins it's a good idea just to check on their moisture now you don't need a hydrometer or anything sophisticated you can just use your hands and see if it's damp just make sure it has a nice dark color to it and if not all you need to do is just take a spray bottle filled with water and just just want to spray down spray the top soil down that'll help keep the keep the top soil nice and damp and it'll greatly increase the chances of all the eggs hatching successfully which will increase your cricket yield so you know so now that we've removed our egg containers from the rearing bins these containers are set are filled with eggs now you're not gonna see any on the top the crickets like to burrow into the topsoil and lay their eggs down into the topsoil so just just give it about seven weeks I'm sorry seven days after your 3/8 inch crickets have been resting inside they're breeding the rearing bin and you'll know that it's time to get their incubator been put together and putting their incubator bin is it's a lot simpler than the rearing bin so all you need to do is take another container just like you similar to the rearing bin and just place in the egg crates and that's all you do a container like this you could actually fit there's enough space in here to fit two more but since we only made two we're just going to put two in here for our demonstration now you can definitely just keep it like this but what you're gonna want to do is locate this into someplace that hat that has a consistent temperature of about 90 degrees these incubators these eggs are going to need 90 degree temperatures consistently in order for them to mature and to hatch now what you can do if you don't have an environment that naturally holds that temperature you can just get a heating pad and place it underneath you can take the ceramic lights or the heat lamps that you use for your terrariums for your pets and place it on top the only issue with that is there's you're gonna be dehydrating your topsoil faster than you would if you didn't need it so just make sure you always have a water bottle you're checking everyone every one day or two days and just make sure that it looks damp on the surface you don't want to fish your hands through too much because you could disturb the eggs but um you know once you have that set just let this sit for about a week and after a week you'll start seeing some crickets slowly start to hatch out and you know it'll take they'll probably start hatching about a hundred a day and soon enough this whole thing will be filled with little pinhead crickets and once you have your pinhead crickets you just remove them into a new rear in container like we made two weeks ago and just allow them to grow allow them to propagate and just make sure you're feeding them the same way and that's how you start your cycle that's how you start your cricket breeding cycle so that's we're just gonna give this bin seven days and see what happens okay guys welcome back and so here's our incubator bin we have had it sitting for about eight days so far and as you can see we are seeing some pinhead crickets start to start to hatch from their eggs and start to habitate inside the our incubator here's a close-up you can see them hopping around a little bit so just always got to make sure your soil is moist cuz there's still eggs to hatch inside of there I'm probably gonna squish a few when I put this back down you know what you can do and potato slices that will help them that can feed them or you can go with some orange slices or even consider watermelon juice you're the better but we just had some some rotten potatoes sitting around so just kind of use that up and same thing just want to make sure you're lightly misting this now this this still looks fine so I'm not going to mist it but your crickets also need water so tub like this there's a little there's a little channel around the perimeter so I might go ahead actually and just miss them a little bit what I expect to happen will be the water will run down in the channel and our little crickets can you know just get some just get their hydration and as you can see they're starting to go towards the water already so but that's it so what you want to do here is do your best to catch some of these I mean it's real difficult you can see that they're hopping around but just to catch some put them in a new rearing container and it's always a good idea to mark the side of the container with a date just to keep track of where you're at with the rearing process and just feed them water them and just keep that cycle going and that's how you breed feeder crickets for your pets comment below let us know if you have any questions or you can email set contact at the critter Depot calm thanks a lot

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  1. Oh yes, and to avoid strays when opening the cardboard box on delivery, I put new small egg cartons into the box with the stragglers, when they go hide in the egg box I transfer the egg box to the breeding bin. I keep doing that with new egg bits of egg carton til there are none left.

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  2. Could you have set up two more boxes with vermiculite and placed one tray of eggs into each? Would that allow you to avoid having to transfer pinheads? Or do you put them into a vermiculite free bin because they need a lot of water?

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  3. I saw online that you can raise crickets in 32 gallon trash bins because they can't crawl out and you just stack the egg cartons really high for maximum space use but I wasn't sure how many I should be raising in there. I saw one guy who had 5000 in theirs. Is that a bad idea? My goal is to be raising 50,000 crickets and I want to take the most space efficient approach

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  4. So just a tip for any one you can use a test tube for water.

    1 fill test tube with water
    2 push a cotton ball in tube where it is tight. (Try to keep air bubbles to a minimum. Also its a good idea to make certain that it dose not drain from the tube when upside down.)

    3 lay tube on its side and be sure the cotton is fully wet.
    watch as the crickets drink from the cotton

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