- 2 Rubbermaid Containers (1 for adult crickets and 1 for baby crickets when they hatch)
- Clear Packaging Tape (to not allow baby crickets to climb container)
- 1 Small Plastic Container for Eggs
- Egg Crate
- Food Dish with Cricket Diet
- Water Dish with Water Crystals
- Heat (Heat lamp, heat tape, etc…)
- Small Plastic Container
- Water Bottle
- Potting Soil (100% Pesticide Free)
Follow the directions on how to care for crickets here on this cricket care article. You are going to want to keep the environment the same as you would just carrying for them. You do not need to change temperatures, layout, or anything. All you will be doing different will be placing a plastic container of moist potting soil into the enclosure. That is the only difference. Once pinhead crickets hatch out from their egg stage, they will need to be housed in a separate enclosure away from the adult crickets.
Pinhead Cricket Care
Pinheads are what we call baby crickets. Once pinheads start to hatch from the egg container, you are going to want to place the container into a different enclosure, so they can hatch out into that enclosure. The Rubbermaid bin you will be using has slick sides, but not slick enough for the baby crickets to stay inside. They will climb the side walls on occasion, so it’s best to make the walls even slicker. You can do this by applying clear packing tape along the side of the walls in the enclosure. Just make one line going around the entire container near the top, you do not need to make every single wall filled with tape. One line of clear packaging tape will be suffice.
How to Tell the Gender of Your Crickets
Male crickets are the crickets that chirp all night long and are the smaller sized ones.
Female crickets are the bigger sized crickets with the black needle looking thing sticking out of their abdomens. This is called the ovipositor. The ovipositor is what lays the eggs into the soil. Do not be afraid to touch it, it bends and is quite soft. It will not prick you.
Crickets breed on their own. You do not need to change much in their environment, just make sure they are kept warm. Everything will happen on its own. Have in mind, cricket colonies do better in temperatures ranging from 85 – 95 °F. The warmer, the more active they will be. In order to get cricket eggs, you will need to do the following:
- Grab a cup of potting soil and mist it lightly with a spray bottle to get it damp. Do not soak the soil. Too much water will drown the eggs and baby crickets when they start hatching.
- Add the soil into a small plastic container (do not pack the soil together, make it loose) and place the container into the cricket enclosure. Make sure to place it where the female crickets can get access to it.
- Within the hour, you will have female crickets all over it, laying their eggs into the soil. Female crickets can lay up to 10 eggs a day (100 in their entire lifespan). The reason why we use plastic containers is to check for eggs on the sides. They are easily visible and are whitish in color.
- After about 2 – 3 days, take the container out of the enclosure, mist it very lightly, put a lid on it, and place it somewhere warm to incubate.
How to Incubate Cricket Eggs
After 2 – 3 days of having your egg container in the cricket enclosure, you will want to take the container out or the male crickets will start to eat the eggs. When you take the egg container out of the enclosure, mist the soil lightly once more and put a lid on the container very securely. Then place the container somewhere warm. Usually garages work best, but if it’s cold where you live, you might have to think outside of the box like putting the container on top of a cable box, computer, or etc. Anywhere warm is fine.
In about 7 – 16 days, you will start to have ant-sized pinhead crickets all over the top of the container. Once you see a few baby crickets hatching from the top of the lid, you can place the container into the separate container you have ready for them and remove the lid. They will usually all come out within the next day or two. Make sure you have food and water crystals available for the pinhead crickets. Also, make sure you have a way for them to get out of the container. Toothpicks and paper towel rolls work pretty good.
If you have any better ways on how to breed crickets, comment below.
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