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How to Raise Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles for Off the Grid Farms

Off Grid Living:  How to Raise Crickets for
Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

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Off Grid Living – How to Raise Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

Raising Crickets for Food for Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Reptiles

New Mexico – Breeding crickets is surprisingly easy and a great way to have different sizes on hand for feeding an array of animals. In this blog, we’ll run down the supplies needed and the techniques we use to breed and raise crickets.

How to Get a Cricket Farm Started

First, you’ll need to order in some crickets – you’ll want to order 3/4”, as most adult crickets have already been bred before they are shipped out. This base of crickets will set you up for success and get the life cycle moving quickly.

How to Build Houses for Crickets

Your crickets housing is up to you. Some have great success with 10 and 20-gallon tanks, and others prefer plastic tote bins. Whatever you use is up to you, just make sure the sides are high enough crickets can’t jump out, or provide a well-ventilated top.

Set up the 3/4” crickets as you would any other crickets – egg crate for climbing and hiding, then a food and water source. Josh’s Frogs cricket food and Insect watering gel is the easiest way to go as these items wont spoil like fresh vegetables will.

You’ll want to maintain crickets at a temperature of 85-89 degrees Fahrenheit with low humidity. This can easily be achieved with a low-watt light suspended above your cricket housing.

How to Know If Crickets Are Laying Eggs

After crickets are mature, in generally 1-2 weeks, you’ll hear plenty of chirping. This is an indication your crickets are ready to breed and it’s time to provide them with a place to lay their eggs.

At Josh’s Frogs, we use sandwich containers containing 2 ½ cups of vermiculite and ¾ cups water. Any shallow container will work, so long as it can hold the vermiculite and water. Using a container that you can pop a top onto is ideal.

Place the egg laying container on top of a piece of egg crate in your crickets enclosure, then use a smaller piece of egg crate to make a ramp up to to the container. Leave the container in place for a couple days to give your crickets plenty of time to lay their eggs. Then remove it for incubation.

How to Incubate Cricket Eggs

Cover half of the egg container’s top with paper towel to catch condensation, then put on the top. Incubate the egg laying bin at 89F for 8-10 days. We’ve modified freezers as incubators at Josh’s Frogs, or you can purchase an Exo-Terra Incubator for easy use.

What to Do When Baby Crickets Are Hatched

After the pinhead crickets hatch, place the bin in a container the pinheads cannot escape from and provide them with a bit of egg crate to act as a ramp.

You can feed out the pinheads to your animals, or raise them up to a larger size before feeding. Younger crickets require a higher level of humidity than older crickets.

Source: http://www.joshsfrogs.com/catalog/blog/2015/03/how-to-breed-crickets/

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How to Raise Your Own Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Off Grid Living – How to Raise Your Own
Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

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Raising Your Own Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

South Dakota – How to Raise Your Own Free Chicken Feed with MicroGreens, Black Soldier Flies, Crickets, Meal Worms, Red Wiggler Worms. For people who have 20 or more chickens or ducks you know they can eat a lot, especially in the winter when most grass, weeds and other summertime food sources are not in abundant supply.

Why not grow your own indoors?? Even in the wintertime with LED lights or fluorescent grow lights  you can grow your own micro greens on the inside of a greenhouse or the front room of any home that has south facing windows or any indoor room that is heated.

Micro Greens also known as Fodder will grow to a couple inches high in just 14 days.

Did you know that micro greens are 50x more nutritious than full grown vegetables, which means less will feed more. Not just for your farm animals, but also for you and your family. And you can start trimming the tops off most microgreens and they will keep growing.

And grow lights will keep a room pretty warm, warm enough to raise meal worms, red wiggler worms, crickets and black soldier flies. And when black soldier larvae feed, especially feeding on coffee grounds, they produce a LOT of heat, which can be used to heat greenhouses.

If you want to teach your chickens to roll over and do tricks, start raising these black soldier flies. Chickens, ducks and fish LOVE them.

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How to Build a Chicken, Duck and Rabbit Butchering Station

Off Grid Living – How to Build a
Chicken, Duck and Rabbit Butchering Station

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How to Build a Chicken, Duck and/or Rabbit Butchering Station

North Dakota – Here are some pictures that show how to build a Chicken, Duck and/or Rabbit Butchering Station for quick meat processing as well as easy clean and carcass disposal.

The good news is that if you have a bin of Black Soldier Flies (BSF), they will eat everything except bones and feathers and transform all of your carcasses and entrails into free chicken feed.

BSF will multiple your ability to increase waste by a factor of 40x what you started with and are one of the most efficient animals on the planet for turning any kind of feed into a useful source of protein.

BSF can be fed live to chickens, just like meal worms and crickets. Chickens love them. Or they can be frozen and used for wintertime feed when nothing else is growing.

A butchering state right in front of the chicken coop is a  great way to let the flock know that anyone who makes trouble or quits laying eggs will be sacrificed for the dinner table due to lack of egg production. hehehe. I have a cruel sense of humor.

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How to Grow Your Own Fresh, Organic Chicken Feed for Free

Off Grid Living: How to Grow Your
Own Fresh, Organic Chicken Feed for Free!

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Grow Your Own Fresh, Organic Chicken Feed for Free!

Kentucky – These eight herbs and plants for your backyard chickens are easy enough to grow for the beginning gardener and are old favorites for the experienced gardener.

From tasty and nutritious homegrown sunflower seeds and pumpkins to sweetly-scented mint and lemon balm, we’ve got some great ideas grow your own healthy treats. You and your backyard chickens can enjoy the health benefits of freshly grown produce on a regular basis straight from your own garden.

Source: https://www.wideopenpets.com/8-herbs-and-plants-to-grow-for-chickens/

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