Below we outline the production rates for two cricket breeding systems for both the hobbyist and commercial production. With over 14 years experience breeding insects for private use and commercially, we have tried every method available….and come up with our own proprietary methods. Picking the right method is is essential to:
- Reduce how much maintenance you do
- Maximize the number of crickets you produce
1) Private and Small Scale Commercial (Zega Substrate Breeding System)
- Most hobbyist often breed crickets using a large scale commercial method (described below) which requires much more maintenance (daily spraying, container rotation, daily feeding) which is why most people give up after a few months.
- “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 Better 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 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.