Anybody raise crickets?

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  1. crittergal

    crittergal Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure if this is the right group for this question, but I am trying to raise some crickets, and have a few questions. . . Hopefully someone will have some advice for me. First, they have food and water and stuff to climb on/in. I put a container of moist dirt in and they laid eggs in it, but so far none of the eggs have hatched [​IMG] (it has been a few weeks) Is there a way to tell if the eggs are fertile? (My uncle said some companies sterilize the crickets so they can't reproduce) Or is it my fault, maybe keeping it too wet? They don't currently have a heat lamp, they are kept at room temperature. Any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    You actually have to heat the soil the eggs are in to get them to hatch - they need to be kept at 86 degrees. Then they'll hatch after 13 days.
     
  3. crittergal

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    OK thanks [​IMG] is it too late for the eggs I already have or can I warm them up and see if they hatch? They don't look like they have any fungus or anything on them
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    I'd go ahead and try. Your crickets have probably been laying new eggs in the dirt too so some of them at least should hatch for you.
     
  5. crittergal

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    Some of the cricket eggs hatched today [​IMG]
     
  6. Pyxis

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    Glad they hatched for you!
     
  7. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why do you raise crickets?
    It sounds fun though!
     
  8. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to raise them for my FireBelly Toads.
    It can be quite time consuming and a hassle.
    Often times the males will eat the eggs before they have a chance to hatch or before you pull them and place on a heating pad. (or at least that's what happened to me).
    Do chickens enjoy crickets?
     
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  9. crittergal

    crittergal Out Of The Brooder

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    I raise them for our bearded dragons to eat. Our scorpion and gecko eat some too but not as many.
     
  10. naturalfeddogs

    naturalfeddogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens would love crickets!
     

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