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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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The Best Places in Fish in a Stream, River or Lake

Off Grid Living – Where are the Best
Places in Fish in a Stream, River or Lake

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Off Grid Living – Where are the Best Places in Fish in a Stream, River or Lake

The Best Places to Fish in a Stream, River or Lake

New Hampshire – Fishing on rivers and streams is like playing hide-and-seek with a little kid. Play the game a few times, and you’ll quickly discover there are only a handful of places to check. And just like giggling or a lump in a blanket are dead giveaways, most of the best fishing spots are obvious after a quick scan of your surroundings.

First, wade or hike away from heavily visited areas of the river to improve your number of bites and fish size. Then remember that the 80/20 rule usually applies to fish location in rivers. That is, 80 percent of the fish are located in about 20 percent of the river. Sure, you might catch a fish here or there by just randomly casting. But I typically find fish grouped in areas where the speed of the current or the depth of the water changes.

Where two currents come together, like below an island or where a creek empties into a river, there will be a visible seam where the stronger current meets the slower. Any spot where calm water borders swift is worthy of a cast.

Deep holes typically form in river bends as well, with slow-moving shallow water on the inside of the bend and faster-moving, deeper water on the outside of the bend. With a mix of shallow and deep water plus fast and slow currents that normally form an eddy — you guessed it — river bends are one of the best fishing spots.

Source: https://fishing.boyslife.org/where-to-find-fish-in-a-river-or-stream/

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How to Pick the Right Color Fishing Lure for the Right Time of Day and Season

Off Grid Living – How to Pick the Right Color
Fishing Lure for the Right Time of Day and Season

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Picking the Right Color Fishing Lure for the Right Time of Day and Season

Montana – The most fundamental rule is to fish brightly colored baits in dingy or muddy water and light, subtle colors in clear water. The logic here is that a bass’ visibility is hampered by silt, and colors like chartreuse, yellow and orange are easier to see than bone, pumpkinseed and smoke. On the other hand, when water is clear and the fish can get an unobstructed look at the bait, it’s best to go with softer, more natural colors.

For instance, when water clarity is poor (visibility a foot or less), many pros use spinnerbaits with chartreuse or yellow skirts or crankbaits in a “fire tiger” pattern — orange belly, chartreuse sides, dark green back. Conversely, in clear water, white or white/blue spinnerbaits are favorites, as are crankbaits in chrome, bone and various natural finishes (crawfish, shad, sunfish, etc.).

It’s important to note that many professional anglers far less emphasis on lure color than on other factors. They know it’s more important to learn fish’s location and mood (active or inactive) than to pick a bait with the right size, shape and action.  Once fish are located, then you can focus what colors are working the best to catch a boat load of fish.

Source: https://1source.basspro.com/news-tips/fishing-tackle/7368/simple-guide-choosing-lure-colors-bass

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How to Build a Pond or Lake for Awesome Fishing and Reproduction

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Pond or
Lake for Awesome Fishing and Reproduction

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Off Grid Living – How to Build a Pond or Lake for Awesome Fishing and Reproduction

Building a Pond or Lake for Awesome Fishing and Reproduction

Maine – Fish farming is an old agricultural method that modern homesteaders can use today. A great source of continuous protein, freshwater fish farms allow anyone to grow a different variety of fish that can be used for personal consumption.

While it may be hard work to get started, building a fish farm can be rewarding, fun, and can really pay off in the long run when you may not have a lot of money to spend on food. It could also be a good income source if you have other people around you who are in need of additional food.

Source: https://insteading.com/blog/fish-farming-ponds/

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How to Build a Better Fish Trap in SHTF Survival Situations

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Better Fish Trap
in When Shit Hits the Fan (SHTF) Survival Situations

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Building a Better Fish Trap in SHTF Survival Situations

Kentucky – How to Build a Better Fish Trap in a Shit Hits the Fan SHTF Survival Situations. No fishing pole required. Build a dammed up pool with rocks. Chase fish into the open mouth and then pile rocks closer and closer until escape is impossible!

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What you should have stocked in your fishing tackle box? An Assortment of Tackle, Lights, Bobbers and Hooks 

Off Grid Living – What you should have stocked in your fishing
tackle box? An Assortment of Tackle, Lights, Bobbers and Hooks

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Off Grid Living – An Assortment of Fishing Tackle, Tips and Tricks

What You Should Have Stocked in Your Fishing Tackle Box

Hawaii – We all have heard, “Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Though the meaning is not literal, fishing is a skill that will prove to be beneficial and profitable. Nonetheless, it is a source of amusement and pleasure for an angler. Fishing is one way of spending quality time. One way to increase your chances of catching fish is to have a fishing tackle box full of an assortment of fishing tackle, lures, baits, barometers and other high tech fishing gadgets.

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