Raising crickets is essential if you have an amphibian or reptile as a pet. The reason being is that these crickets serve as food for such pets of yours. These creatures move really fast and can easily get the attention of your pet. Crickets are well known for being nutritious food options for a wide variety of pets. You can feed as many of them to your pets as they want.
Adult crickets grow in length to more or less of an inch. Female crickets are bigger than male crickets. However, the latter can be spotted much easier in a colony because they are the ones that make some noise. You can identify female crickets for their ovipositor that is a long needle-like structure. It is used by them to lay eggs.
If you are planning to raise healthy crickets to serve as food for your pets, this short article will give you some proven-and-tested tips from other cricket enthusiasts and owners themselves. For starters, it is important that you understand that crickets need food, water, warmth, and a place where they can lay their eggs.
To breed crickets, you need to have a container where you can also store them. This can be a storage container made of plastic that comes with a snap on lid. Remove this lid and cut between 3- and 5-inch square holes out of it. You then get a screen and hot glue it over these holes. This will serve as some form of ventilation for your crickets. Prepare ground up corn cobs to serve as substrate of their shelter, and you should have about an inch of it in your container.
Be sure to have your container placed in a warm area. If it is still not warm enough, you have to have something to provide them with such. Bear in mind that crickets thrive in a warm place, about 85 degrees.
Create a watering dish for them. You may use the plastic lid from your peanut butter jar, and then cut a sponge and soak it in water and then fit it inside of the lid. Be sure to add some water every few days.
In terms of food, crickets need to be fed with some protein. You can go for oat meal, corn meal, or some cheap dog food. Be sure to also feed your crickets with some vegetables and fruits. Chop them into small bits like lettuce, celery, carrots, apples, and potatoes. Never ever feed your crickets with anything citrus.
Make sure to prepare egg laying containers for the shelter of your crickets. You can use some foam egg crates for this purpose. Avoid using the ones made of paper. For a couple of the egg holes, fill them in with sand that is t least an inch deep. Keep the sand damp but not wet so that the female crickets can lay their eggs in this sand. Find a place in their shelter where you can keep them damp and you can easily access. Be sure to have some other egg cartons placed inside the container for the crickets to explore and hide under.
Make sure to separate crickets of different ages in different containers so you will never run out of providing your pets with fresh crickets.