When determining how many crickets you can produce, you will be surprised by how little space you need
New methods now makes breeding crickets possible with less time, effort and smells.
Below we discuss the two most useful commercial methods and discuss how many crickets you can produce from home:
1) Private and Small Scale Commercial (Zega Substrate Breeding System)
- “The Zega Substrate Cricket Breeding System” is a low maintenance and productive method that is well suited for Private or Small Scale Commercial Production”. To learn more about this breeding method visit our “Advanced Cricket Breeding Methods” page.
- Each substrate breeding container will generate approximately 1 standard pet store cricket container per week (approximately 33 large crickets/container).
- The waste wet food generated from an average family (two adults, two kids) can produce sufficient crickets to support approximately four Zega substrate breeding containers. Four breeding containers will feed approximately 3 to 12 adult bearded dragons (depending on cricket consumption rate chosen).
- We recommend this system for someone who wants to breed up to 8 standard pet store cricket containers per week. This equates to approximately 250 large crickets/week or 1000 large crickets/month. For larger quantities of crickets we generally recommend using the Zega Batch Breeding System described below.
- See below for details about how many breeding containers can be stored in a small space.
2) Medium to Large Scale Production (Zega Batch Breeding System)
- This method is best suited for people who want to produce more than a 1000 large crickets per month.
- This system is productive, with 6 grow out containers producing approximately 700-1400 large crickets per week depending of heating method (700 for bottom heaters, 1400 for thermostatically controlled rooms).
- Six substrate breeding containers can fit into a 6.6 square foot or 0.6 m2 area. This is achieved with stacked shelving with the following configuration; (3.28 feet wide, 2.0 deep, 5.58 high); (1.0m wide, 0.6m deep, 1.7m high). Two containers are placed on each of the three shelves.
- If two shelves described above are placed back to back in a middle of a room (not on a wall) you can then store 12 containers in a 13.12 square foot or 1.2 m2 area. As you can see you can get a lot of money making containers in a relatively small area.
Wildlife Hub has spent over a decade refining commercial methods to reduce maintenance, time and effort. We did this by creating automated food and water dispensers, efficient container design and streamlined cleaning. Other areas we have overhauled include: pest management, how to grade crickets to various sizes, dispatching, transport and marketing tips and advice.
For more information on how to breed crickets using the above methods, get your free 9 lesson “Cricket Breeding Training Course” today. This guide has lots of useful information and covers; how to build a cricket system, biology, container design, feeding, gut loading, heating, pest management and lots more…