The Complete Cricket Breeding Manual

The Complete Cricket Breeding Manual

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tick52 breeding systems to choose from to ensure the best method for all types of breeding. (i.e. small, medium and large scale/commercial production).

tick526 pages detailing advantages/disadvantages for different systems, building material, and step by step instructions how to construct  breeding systems.

tick5See above sections (Why our systems work so well) for details how our breeding systems produce twice the crickets with half the effort.

tick5Learn the essential management secrets which ensures productive and consistent breeding. 

Private and Small Scale Commercial breeding

9.0       Zega Substrate Breeding System (Small Scale Production)

9.1       Summary of Breeding Method………………………………………….. 118

9.2       How to Make a Zega Substrate Breeding System………………….. 120

9.3       Management of a Substrate System…………………………………… 128

9.4       Cleaning a Substrate System……………………………………………. 129

9.5       Maintenance of a Substrate System…………………………………… 131

 Batch Breeding System (Large Scale Production)

10.1     Summary of Breeding Method………………………………………….. 135

10.2     How to Make a Batch System…………………………………………… 137

10.3     Food and Water Dispenser for a Pinhead Grow Out Container……. 147

10.4     Management of a Batch System……………………………………….. 151

10.5     Pests for a Batch System…………………………………………………. 152

10.6     Cleaning a Batch System………………………………………………… 156

10.7     Maintenance of a Batch System……………………………………….. 158

Container Design and Construction

tick5Learn the 5 essential design considerations for an efficient container which is durable, maximizes growth rates, and saves time in maintenance and feeding activities.

tick5Some of the items covered includes how to maximize ventilation and air flow, easy access ports for feeding and removing crickets, removable screens for increased ventilation/heat   management, keeping pinheads in and pest out.

tick5Detailed instructions and photos showing how to build step by step.

3.1       Choosing a Container……………………………………………………………. 23

3.2      Lids…………………………………………………………………………………24

3.3       Ventilation…………………………………………………………………….. 25

3.4       Feeding Port………………………………………………………………….. 26

3.5       Screening………………………………………………………………………. 26

3.6       Barrier Cream……………………………………………………………….. 27

3.7       Component Set-up……………………………………………………………28

3.8       How to Make a Cricket Container…………………………………………… 29

Heating and Storage

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tick5Tables which provide the various temperature thresholds to manage a cricket colony

tick5Advantages/disadvantages for 4 different heating systems including free solar options. Find out the best method for productive cricket production.

tick5Learn the thermodynamic principles for efficient heat conservation.

tick520 methods to reduce your heating costs.

tick5How to estimate your heating costs and manage excessive heat.

tick5How to store breeding containers so they are easy to access and feeding can be done without opening the lid. This will allow numerous containers can be stored into a tight configuration, to save space or to increase the number of containers.

6.1       Heating…………………………………………………………………………. 75

6.2       Humidity……………………………………………………………………… 76

6.3       Heating Systems……………………………………………………………. 77

6.4       Reducing Heating Costs…………………………………………………. 80

6.5       Estimating Heating Costs………………………………………………. 82

6.6       Managing Excessive Heat……………………………………………….83

6.7       Storage of Colony………………………………………………………….. 83

Maintenance 

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tick5Our innovative breeding systems prevent detritus from coming into contact with wet substrate, preventing fouling (eliminates smells) and cutting maintenance frequency by half.

tick53 different cleaning systems reduces maintenance to only a few minutes for each breeding container.

7.2       Pests……………………………………………………………………………. 91

7.3       Genetics………………………………………………………………………. 95

7.4       Safety………………………………………………………………………….. 96

Pest Management

tick5Detailed information on how to manage all major pests, which often result in the failure of consistent cricket breeding.

tick5 Our clever container design prevents pests from entering, including a special double screen system to keep out micro flies, a major pest species.

tick5Details how to build ant exclusion devices and micro-fly traps to prevent infestations.

tick5How to maintain genetics and maintain productivity

 Grading and Selling

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tick5Learn how to quickly separate crickets from their cartons without  escapees and with minimal effort.

8.2       Estimating Cricket numbers…………………………………………….. 102

8.3       Packaging and Transport…………………………………………………. 106

8.4       Economics……………………………………………………………………. 110

8.5       Marketing…………………………………………………………………….. 113

8.6       Record Keeping…………………………………………………………….. 115

Biology

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 List of Tables

Part 1- Choosing a Breeding Method and Introduction

Table 1-             Advantages and Disadvantages between Breeding Crickets and Cockroaches………………………………….. 13

Table 2-            Conversion between Imperial and Metric Units…………………. 15

Diagram 2.3-     Anatomy of a Cricket…………………………………………………… 18

Part 2- General Techniques- For Both Breeding Methods

Table 3-             Growth Rates………………………………………………………………… 21

Figure 3.3-        Air Flow through a Container………………………………………. 25

Table 4-            Design Summary for Constructing a Container

                            – Efficient Method…………………………………………………………… 30

Table 5-            Detailed Instructions Constructing a Container-

                             Efficient   Method………………………………………………………….. 33

Table 6-            Nutritional Comparison between Different Dry Food Types……………………………………………………………. 42

Table 7-            Making a Food Tray………………………………………………………55

Table 8              How to Make a Small Scale Food Dispenser………………….. 56

Table 9-            Making a Large Scale Food Dispenser…………………………… 60

Table 10-          Making a Large Scale Water Dispenser…………………………. 65

Table 11-           Making a Large Scale Water Dispenser with Pebbles……… 72

Table 12-          Temperature Ranges for Crickets……………………………………75

Table 13-          Cleaning Food and Water Dispensers…………………………… 85

Table 14-          Making an Ant Guard for Power Cords………………………….94

Table 15-          Grading Crickets………………………………………………………… 98

Table 16-          Counting Crickets- Large Scale …………………………………… 103

Table 17-         Transport Methods……………………………………………….. 107

Part 3- Small Scale Cricket Breeding

Figure 9.1-       Diagrammatic Representation of a Substrate Breeding System……………………………………. 118

Table 18-         How to Make a Substrate System……………………………. 122

Table 19-        Removal of Detritus from a Substrate System………………. 129

Table 20-          Maintenance Schedule for a Substrate System……………. 132

Part 4- Large Scale Cricket Breeding

Figure 10.1-     Diagram of a Batch Breeding System………………………. 136

Table 21-         Summary of a Batch Breeding System……………………… 138

Table 22-          Detailed Instructions to Make a Batch System………….. 141

Table 23-        How to Make Food and Water Dispenser for a Pinhead Grow out  Container…………………………………. 147

Table 24-         Cleaning a Batch System (No Substrate) …………………. 156

Table 25-          Maintenance Schedule for a Batch System………………. 158

Glossary…………………………………………………………………………..161 

Appendix 1         Example Marketing Brochure……………………………. 163

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