Lesson 4- Building a Container
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Good container design is essential for efficient cricket production. For instance did you know that just changing the orientation of your cartons and ventilation ports, significantly improve ventilation and remove deadly odors in summer….
Micro flies are a major pest species for crickets and their maggots will consume all the cricket eggs even before they hatch if the correct screening methods are not used. The design of both our small scale and large scale breeding systems prevent this from occurring.
Conventional Container Design
Some people recommend glass tanks for breeding crickets, which is a big mistake over the long term (despite being frequently recommended). They may be easy to clean and contain crickets well, however they are incredibly bad insulators, losing more than 90% of the heat you have paid good money to add. The success of a cricket colony will require you to maintaining high and consistent temperatures.
Below are some commonly used methods to construct a container. We then discuss design ideas we have developed over the years:
- Cut holes into both ends of a container and lid. Attach screening with duct tape, glue gun or rivets.
- Crickets can eat normal fiberglass screening (commonly used for screening windows) so be sure to use aluminum screening.
- Make an aluminum screen frame (with screening) and place this over the top of a container such as a plastic containers or tubs.
Efficient Container Design
Our books cover all the design and building aspects for containers including: Choosing a container and lid type, Ventilation, Feeding ports, Screening, Component setup, and How to build a container. For instance we cover:
- The 5 essential design considerations for an efficient container which are durable, maximizes growth rates, and saves time in maintenance and feeding activities.
- Learn how to correctly orientate components so they improve air flow and ventilation and remove toxic odors.
- A durable construction method which prevents screens coming off even after decades of use.
- Choosing the right container size and material which resists cracking.
- How to build feeding ports which allows for quick feeding without opening the lid. This allows containers to be compactly stacked in a shelf which increases the number of containers you can store in a given area.
- How to build removable screens to adjust ventilation/heat and humidity. This unique screening system has been designed to keep pinheads in and pest out.
- Detailed instructions and photos showing how to build a container step by step.
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Tomorrow we will look at how to automate and streamline the feeding and watering process. We will be in touch soon.
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