We’ve talked about how efficient crickets are at turning inedible (by humans) plant fibers into usable, high-quality protein on Insteading, before. What we haven’t done is talk about raising crickets at a very low cost. Over at WikiHow, however, one snake/reptile enthusiast has done just that – and introduces her project with these words:
Are you tired of going to the pet store and buying crickets every week to feed your scaly, squirmy, or hairy little friend? If you’re a true do-it-yourselfer, then you might be interested in raising your own colony of crickets, which will provide a steady — and free — source of crickets right within the comfort of your home.
To get started, you’ll a few things:
+ large, Tupperware-style containers, plus a number of smaller ones
+ some screen/mesh
+ vermiculite (which is like pet bedding, for bugs)
+ a way to keep your crickets warm that, for our purposes, shouldn’t depend on an electrical grid
You can check out my own “visual short version”, below, and head on over to WikiHow’s original article to get the full step-by-step process if this is something you want to try. Remember, it may be the best protein on Earth, but you’ll probably want to try cooking them a few different ways before you give up. Or, you know, just feed your crickets to snakes and eat them. Your call.
Raising Crickets, Step-by-Step