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Our editorial content is not influenced by commissions. To be a little more specific, crickets are super healthy for you. I understand it can be considered quite “taboo” to eat crickets in a lot of areas, and I’m not really sure even I could bring myself to begin serving them on my dinner table. But it has made me realize that if they are healthy for me, then they may also be healthy for my animals. And they are really easy to raise and require virtually no space to do it. Therefore, leading me to want to explore the idea of cricket farming, which is what I’m going to share with you. So if you’ve never considered the idea of being a cricket farmer, after reading this post, you might change your mind. Cricket farming is a method where you can raise crickets. You can raise them outdoors if you have a setting for them that you can keep warm enough. However, if not, you can always raise them discretely indoors as well because they require such small amounts of space.
You might be wondering why you would even raise crickets to begin with. There are actually lots of reasons to raise crickets. If you can get past the idea of eating a cricket, you might be surprised to learn just how good they actually are for your health. Crickets contain a ton of protein without a lot of fat or calories. Actually, they contain more protein per bite (per density) than beef or chicken can provide per bite. For example, in a 100-gram cricket there is 16-21 grams of protein. Also, there is only 5 grams of fat and 121 calories per 100 grams of crickets. Not to mention, the fat that crickets have is actually the good kind that will not raise your cholesterol. So if you are becoming more health conscious and would like a healthier protein option, then you might want to seriously consider adding crickets to your diet. As much protein as crickets can provide for you, they can provide the exact same amount to your chickens. We discussed in this article how important protein can be to chickens in molt. Well, crickets can be an inexpensive way to up their protein intake and ultimately help the health of your flock. So keep cricket farming in mind when looking for low budget ways to feed your poultry. If you are a fisherman, then you might want to raise your own bait. Considering how inexpensive raising crickets can be, it could potentially save you a good amount of money in the long run. Not to mention, you’ll never have to worry about stopping by and picking up bait before you can fish. You’ll just have to remember to take it with you before you head out the door. If you are an owner of reptiles, then you might want to consider raising their own high protein snacks for them. Purchasing crickets are not super expensive, but they cost much less to raise. So taking advantage of a way to live more frugally and save yourself some money is usually a good idea. If you are an entrepreneur or a homesteader that is looking for more ways to add a little extra cash to your wallet, then you might want to consider selling crickets. It is inexpensive to start this business and obviously has many different markets available to sell to. So if you are looking for a new business to start, then you might want to really consider cricket farming.
The simplicity of cricket farming reminds me a lot of the simplicity of starting a worm farm. They require very little to get started and only a few steps need to be followed. Once you get things down pat, you should be ready to raise your own food (for yourself or animals) or ready to start a (hopefully) booming business. When deciding to raise crickets, you are in luck because they require very little to get started. You’ll need a 14-gallon bin that has high and smooth sides. You need the high sides to keep the crickets from being able to easily jump out of the bin. However, if you have a bin with indentions in the side, the crickets can easily use them as a ladder to climb up on and then jump over the edges of the bin. You’ll also need a fresh water source for your crickets. This can be as simple as a shallow dish with water in it, or a water pad. Just be sure that the crickets won’t drown in the water.
Finally, make sure your bin is very well ventilated. If the crickets can’t breathe, they obviously won’t make it. After you have the crickets’ home all ready to go, you’ll need to purchase your crickets. The key is to keep the crickets’ bin at a consistent 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that you have your crickets, and they are in their home, you’ll need to feed them.