Crickets.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NightsInWhiteSilkies, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. NightsInWhiteSilkies

    NightsInWhiteSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know how to farm crickets or is that not possible? I just bought some for the first time and my chicks went hog crazy! Im interested in learning more!

    Also I bought a ton of them. What do I use to put in as food for them to keep them staying alive?
    Any info would be great thankyou!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    There are cricket habitats in many reptile stores. That may be a place to start for housing. Here's a good link to some cricket information. http://www.anapsid.org/crickets.html
     
  3. jessica.anne

    jessica.anne Out Of The Brooder

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    I tried housing large numbers of crickets when I had lizards. A few things I learned are that cut up egg cartons in a ten gallon aquarium is sufficient for housing approximately 500 crickets. You can buy Flukers cricket gel to feed them, but it's kind of pricey and orange segments work just as well as long as you change them out a few times a week. Don't use a water dish. They'll drown. Either use a sponge or the orange pieces will be good enough to keep them fed and hydrated. They STINK. Bad. Seriously bad. And they're loud. Keeping them some other place than in your house is highly recommended. Mine never produced offspring, but I was able to maintain nymphs until they grew into adulthood. Good luck to you!!
     
  4. NightsInWhiteSilkies

    NightsInWhiteSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jessica.anne :

    I tried housing large numbers of crickets when I had lizards. A few things I learned are that cut up egg cartons in a ten gallon aquarium is sufficient for housing approximately 500 crickets. You can buy Flukers cricket gel to feed them, but it's kind of pricey and orange segments work just as well as long as you change them out a few times a week. Don't use a water dish. They'll drown. Either use a sponge or the orange pieces will be good enough to keep them fed and hydrated. They STINK. Bad. Seriously bad. And they're loud. Keeping them some other place than in your house is highly recommended. Mine never produced offspring, but I was able to maintain nymphs until they grew into adulthood. Good luck to you!!

    I wondered about the smell. I bought alot of them and just what I bougth smells icky when I open the bag. The sound would drive me a little bonkers too. I could keep them outside since crickets do like outside conditons but Im wondering if the cold as cold as it is would freeze them? Maybe just buying them and keeping themin another room in the dark with food would be better?
    I just as of today am going to start doing meal worms from the meal worm thread I have been reading since yesterday and went and bought the stuff to get that going and wondered how easy it would be do to crickets. Im also going to read that link posted above and get better ideas on possibly doing it.
    Thankyou for the info folks!​
     

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