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Basics of cricket breeding

  1. A femail cricket will lay around 100 eggs over 20 days after mating with a male cricket. The female cricket lays ueing its omniposter. The omniposter looks like a stinger but is completely harmless and only uses the omniposter to lay eggs underground where they are safe from predators.

  2. The male crickets are easily identified because they have no omniposter and will rub there wings to gather to make the well known cricket chirping sound.

How do female crickets lay eggs?

  1. After a femail cricket has mated with a male cricket they will find loose soil to lay eggs in. They will not lay in sand or compacted soil. When they have found a suitable spot to lay they will stick there omniposter in the ground and deposit a egg or 2, they will repeat this process until  they have layed around 10 eggs in 1 day.

When will the eggs hatch?

  1. If kept between tempritures of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius the eggs will take between 8 and 20 days to hach in baby crickets known as pin heads. Take care to not let the soil dry out by spraying twice daily. Incubate in a secure plastic tub to avoid crickets escaping. Crickets cannot climb plastic or glass.

Recommended breeding practices

  1. When breeding crickets on any scale I would recommended using tubs with loose soil in them with a mesh on the top of the tubs to avoid egg eating by the male crickets.

  2. I add the soil trays to the cricket enclose and leave overnight. I then move the trey to a incubator.

  3. Incubators are not needed but can speed up the process.

  4. You can produce around 200 pin head crickets every 20 days with only 10 female crickets!

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