Raising Crickets

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Porterfive, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Porterfive

    Porterfive Songster

    Sep 12, 2007
    Collinsville, MS
    I know this isn't exactly chicken but is relevant.
    Does anybody raise their own crickets, or chicken candy as I like to call em?
    I want to be able to keep them in my shed, only because of the smell. I am concerned that it might be too hot in there for them though, we live in Mississippi and the shed is a pretty hot place in the summer.
    Thanks for your advice in advance.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Interesting question. Sounds like fun treats though! Self propelled!
  3. RayP

    RayP Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Gainesville Florida
    Crickets are easy to raise I raise crickets for my bearded dragon Rosie, all you have to do is place a container in the bin with dirt in it and keep it moist. If you hear the crickets chirping they are laying but if they do not have moist dirt to lay in they will lay by their water or feed dishes and they will not hatch. We even get crickets hatching in Rosies cage somtimes. There is several forums on raising bearded dragons that address this in depth. Meal worms are even easier to raise all you need is dry oatmeal in a plastic bin and then you buy meal worms and put them in the oatmeal they hatch into darkling beetles each one will lay thousands of eggs. They do not even need water.
  4. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Crickets will die if it gets too hot in the shed. Good luck!

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