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Need Help! Difficulties Breeding Crickets!

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#21 Offline Antsinmycloset - Posted September 16 2017 - 5:15 PM


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TC, I found my domestic crickets died off/cannibalized each other in fairly significant numbers. On the other hand, there wasn't really any noticeable die off/cannibalization with my banded crickets. Care was identical.

So, yes, I suspect species can make a profound difference.


could I leave the eggs in the same cage as the adults? Some people say you need a separate container for the eggs. Is that true?


Young are usually separated for a few reasons. Domestic crickets are relatively shortlived start dying en mass once they reach a certain age. You really want to try to keep their tubs clean to keep odor down, and it's tedious to try and separate crickets based on age/size. Some also cannibalize readily, so the eggs and young (especially post molt) make for an easy snack. You'll give the young a better chance by staggering hatch times in a few tubes. How much these points matter will vary depending on the species you breed. Some crickets live surprisingly long.

That said, if you only need a few crickets a week for ants, you could probably manage fine with some sort of cricket Thunderdome. You'll be surprised how effortless it is to get thousands of crickets a week if you want to.

Edited by Antsinmycloset, September 16 2017 - 5:19 PM.

#22 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 22 2018 - 1:10 PM


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Just as an experiment I put in a short 16mm test tube into my cricket setup, setup with 50% water like a typical ant test tube setup, but the cotton is extended out like a carpet inside - my theory is they can use this to drink from and lay eggs on the wet cotton.

BOOM I see 2 long rice grain sized eggs inside! :P


advantages - no need to water, easy to relocate and plug up - good visibility of the eggs

Edited by CoolColJ, November 22 2018 - 1:11 PM.

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