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How to run a Cricket Farm for Carpenters?


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#21 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 8 2018 - 4:32 PM

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How long does it take for the eggs to hatch? 

Mine have been 2 weeks + 2-3 weeks heated and still nothing....

 

I fear the eggs may have died etc


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#22 Offline CampoKing - Posted December 8 2018 - 8:01 PM

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How long does it take for the eggs to hatch? 

 

 

Granted, I once raised black field crickets, but they took only 2.5 weeks to hatch.  I let the females lay in regular soil (I didn't have anything fancy and sterile to work with at the time).  I just made sure the dirt stayed damp, and I kept it in an old Noosa yogurt bowl with the lid on and holes poked in for air.

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My advice: gently dig and look for the eggs.  They look like very very tiny rice. About the size of a dandelion seed, if you want a comparison.  Hopefully they'll still look white-ish and healthy.  If brown or obviously mushy, or you don't see them at all, then yeah you might have lost them.


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#23 Offline DaveJay - Posted December 8 2018 - 8:21 PM

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I looked through my journal, eggs were laid in my R. metallica tub on the 23rd October and the days following, about 3 days ago I transferred the R. metallica colony and there were a few pinhead sized crickets in the enclosure. It had been cold up until the last week so I'd say the burst of 30c+ heat made them hatch, that would mean about 5 weeks or so at between 15 and 20c with a burst of 30+ (ambient temperature next to the colony 31+ for a couple of days). That's only based on the pinheads size, there was no vegetable matter or food specifically for crickets given, the crickets might have been older than they looked but I assume that they hatched when it was hot.
I had thought about 2 weeks with heating but perhaps wait a little longer.

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#24 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 8 2018 - 9:27 PM

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Thanks guys

I keep hearing 7-10 days at 30C degrees, so even at 4x slower it would be 40 days at most.
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1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#25 Offline DaveJay - Posted December 9 2018 - 8:46 PM

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Because of a disease we use a different species of cricket than America and Europe do now, so that might make a slight difference.

#26 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 10 2018 - 5:07 AM

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Well this girl, sounds like an Aussie, and she says 10-14 days at 28C degrees

 

https://youtu.be/opLFeNjmMJE?t=782


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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#27 Offline DaveJay - Posted December 10 2018 - 7:19 AM

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Well this girl, sounds like an Aussie, and she says 10-14 days at 28C degrees

 

https://youtu.be/opLFeNjmMJE?t=782

That's about what I've always understood it to be.



#28 Offline DaveJay - Posted December 10 2018 - 7:38 AM

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Here's a video I watched a while back on a forum, can't remember which one but I found it on youtube.



#29 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 10 2018 - 2:23 PM

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So I think mine have died most likely.. there is mold growing on the coir :/

 

The ones in the test tube I can see so there is hope there.

I have another batch in vermiculite, which the females were laying a bunch last night due to the warm and humid day.


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Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#30 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 15 2018 - 2:31 PM

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Next batch should go well, hopefully.
I see a ton of eggs in the small 5x3x1.5 inch tupperware style container I used with vermiculite.
Against the side of the container from top to bottom on all sides.
The long narrow container helps here

I did leave it in there for 3 weeks.
At least I can see the eggs, so can keep track of development.
Vermiculte seems much better the coco coir. Holds moisture better.
At least for now I do not see any hairy mold that coir was having

Put them into their new home, which is heated by heat cable to about 27c degrees
They should hatch within 3 weeks, since the first have been there for 3 weeks already
Plus the heat

Maybe I should put a paper towel over the top, 3/4 of it and put the lid on the container

Edited by CoolColJ, December 15 2018 - 2:34 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#31 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 16 2018 - 5:13 PM

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My female crickets are starting to die off.

I see some dead ones with chewed up bodies, so they are getting eaten up...

 

Guess I better put in a new tray to get as many eggs before they all die off!


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#32 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 11 2019 - 10:29 PM

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Still haven't had any luck getting cricket eggs to hatch, they appear to die and just go moldy :(

I'm doing everything right, following all the info and guides...

 

Well the last female died a few days ago.

I have a new batch of 190 or so small crickets, after a few died.

Should have at least 100 left by the time they become adults.

Will try again.

 

meanwhile my feed roaches of 40 or adults have over 200 babies!


Edited by CoolColJ, January 11 2019 - 10:32 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#33 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 13 2019 - 2:32 AM

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Still haven't hatched a batch of baby crickets yet.... but I have my second batch of crickets now and they have laid two containers of eggs... finger crossed

This batch of 200 has been dying in droves everyday though, while the other batch didn't until their natural deaths, different supplier :(

 

I solved the issue of the subtstrate going moldy from cricket poop, which also causes the eggs to go moldy.

Under the flyscreen I place over the egg laying container, I place 2 layers of damp tissue or toilet paper :)

 

This keeps the subtrate moist and the cricket poop from touching the substrate!

The crickets can poke holes into the paper when laying eggs just fine.

I change the paper everyday though


Edited by CoolColJ, February 13 2019 - 2:22 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#34 Offline CampoKing - Posted February 13 2019 - 8:10 AM

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I'm trying to hatch some feeder cricket eggs myself, after letting the adult females that arrived in the mail lay all their eggs for a couple days..  I'll let you know how that goes.  I really should be seeing something hatch this week.  I think eggs were laid around February 1.


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#35 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 13 2019 - 2:21 PM

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I'm trying to hatch some feeder cricket eggs myself, after letting the adult females that arrived in the mail lay all their eggs for a couple days..  I'll let you know how that goes.  I really should be seeing something hatch this week.  I think eggs were laid around February 1.

 

I am finding that even after 1 day the substrate is covered in poop, no wonder all my previous eggs all got moldy and died

Yet others don't seem to have the same issues I did....

 

Should be 2 weeks at most if heated to 30C degrees


Edited by CoolColJ, February 13 2019 - 2:21 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#36 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 21 2019 - 7:39 AM

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Success!

Batch 5 - vermiculite - flywire wire mesh
Start date - 4:30am 11th February 2019
End date - 12th February 2019
Hatch date - @30C degrees 22nd February 2019

So 10 days.
I had the egg bins covered with folded kitchen towel and cling wrap plastic over this, both covering 90% of the top leaving a slight gap.
Placed both my containers inside the hatching container with toilet rolls and paper towel covering the floor.
place into my styrofoam incubator at 30 degrees with the lid slightly ajar

I decided to check up on the containers in my incubator just then, didn't yesterday and I see pin head crickets running around :)
Put in a damp paper towel and crushed dry fish and cat food

First container, the crickets laid over just one day.
By then the females were so plump and round from all the eggs they were carrying.
The key was the flywire screen which prevented the crickets laying the eggs against the side which tend to die and go moldy.
I also picked out all the poop and any vermiculite with poop, and sign of hairy mold.
After that no more mold.

The second container I let them lay over a week, but by then not many crickets left.
This one I placed the wet tissue paper under the flywire screen, and that stopped the poop touching the vermiculite.
I changed this everyday, and the crickets poked holes through it to lay eggs just fine.
This container should start hatching 2-3 days from now as I did not keep it heated after the first few days.
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#37 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 21 2019 - 7:48 PM

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I put in wet folded toilet paper for my remaining 3 crickets to drink from, and one is sticking her butt into it and laying eggs inside the folded layers :)
This might be another way to hatch out some eggs. I'll remove and incubate it and see if it will work. Keep it moist etc
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#38 Offline EvilRobotSanta1 - Posted March 10 2019 - 9:20 PM

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There are some realy great videos on youtube for farming crickets






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