Lesson 2- How to Breed Crickets Using Traditional Methods
Which Breeding Method should I Choose ?
There are two different cricket breeding Methods which we cover over the next two days.
1) Breeding Tray Method (Large Scale Commercial Production)
2) Zega Substrate Method (Private use or Small Scale Production).
Before you continue to read about the pros and cons for these methods you will need to establish which method is suitable to you. This is based on how many crickets you plan to produce. Please refer to this article on our website which will guide you to which method is suited to your needs.
1) Breeding Tray Method (Conventional Techniques)
There are variations to this method, but generally it involves placing a small tray of soil/substrate in a breeding container where the females lay their eggs (called breeding trays). The breeding trays are removed every 2-4 days and placed into an incubation chamber.
After approximately 11-14 days at 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius), the babies called pinheads hatch. Pinheads are collected over a week by tapping them to one end of the incubator chamber each day or so, and moved to a grow out container where they mature. It takes approximately 5-6 weeks for crickets to reach adult and you need a container for each week.
Consequently you need 8 individual containers in total to complete the full life cycle; one breeding container, one incubation chamber and five grow out containers. No substrate is placed on the floor of the breeding container as you have the breeding trays for egg laying.
The “Breeding Tray method” is the main method that has been used for decades to breed crickets for both private and commercial production. This method involves the spraying of breeding trays, and moving baby pinheads to separate containers. Due to the higher maintenance and active management, this method is not suited to private or small scale commercial production.
It is however better suited to medium and large scale breeding, where the higher production justifies the extra management (i.e. if you need to produce greater than 1000 large crickets/month-see article at top). We have streamlined the commercial production process with a number of innovations including automated feeding/water dispensers, clever container design and cleaning systems.
The main disadvantages this method has for private production are:
- Requires active management each and every day including; spraying, moving crickets from one container to container, preparing breeding substrate, feeding and cleaning.
- Each age group needs to be separated so they don’t cannibalize each other. This means you need to manage, feed and clean 7 separate containers.
- Cleaning is messy, time consuming and very smelly.
This is how everyone has been breeding crickets for decades. Fortunately there is a new method that through clever design gets around the need for active management and problems.
2) Zega Substrate Breeding System (New Method)—Private and Small Scale Commercial
At last there is a viable method that is suitable for both private and small scale Production (less than a 1000 large crickets/month- see article at top). How would you like to replace all the 8 containers described above and replace it with one container…yes just a single container that needs no active management, collects waste all by itself, and food/water dispensers that do the work for you.
Our methods are tried and tested for over a decade and are guaranteed to work like a charm.
Introducing the most productive and low maintenance cricket breeding system in the world….the Zega Substrate Breeding System.
Tomorrow we will explain how this low maintenance breeding system works. To get started breeding your own feeder insects straight away, our books and videos are available for instant upload from Our Product page