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Raising insects is definitely a lot easier than raising cattle.
It only requires a minimal amount of space and you definitely get a better conversion ratio than any other meat.
Crickets can be tricky. They’re not difficult to raise, but they are ESCAPE ARTISTS!
Making sure they don’t escape is difficult, but those chocolate covered wonderful sources of protein are worth it in the end!
The best place to raise crickets is an aquarium. Put a couple of inches of potting soil on the bottom of the container.
This will be where the crickets deposit their eggs. The crickets also need a place to roost on, so put a few egg cartons in the aquarium.
Any living creature needs food and water to survive. Luckily, for crickets, you can keep it simple.
Put a small container of moist cotton balls for water and a separate container of grains and vegetable scraps for food.
Now you can add your crickets! Add 50-100 of them to start out. To prevent them from escaping, place a heavy object on the lid of the
container to guarantee that it doesn’t fall or get knocked off.
As long as you make sure the crickets don’t starve to death and you lightly mist the potting soil ever few days, you can start harvesting the crickets within a few months.Mealworms
If crickets seem too tricky for you, try raising mealworms. They’re small so they require very little space, and they reproduce quickly, so maintenance isn’t much of a problem.
Get about 3 plastic containers and punch holes in the lids. Cover the lids with mosquito netting or cheesecloth. This will provide air circulation and prevent condensation.
Fill the container with an inch of mixed grains like oat or wheat barnels, oatmeal, wheat germ or powdered milk, and brewer’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast
is actually pretty important because it contains proteins that are essential to the insect’s growth. It can be found at most health food stores.
Apples and vegetables like potatoes, lettuce, and carrots can be used as a water supply. Make sure to replace these foods if you spot any mold growth.
You can now place the mealworm larvae in the prepared container. You will need about 60 larvae to start with. As soon as the first pupae appear,
move them to another container so that the larvae doesn’t eat them. Once the pupae come out of the pupal skin, or exuviae, and go through metamorphosis, which takes about 12 days, they are adults and must be moved away from the other pupae so they don’t eat them. Put some food and water in the third container and place the adults in it.
It takes about 2-5 days after the adults form for them to mate. Once they do, the female can lay about 40 eggs a day. On average, the eggs take 12 days to hatch. The adults will only live for 2 months. Overall, this insect’s life cycle is about a year.