How to Start a Cricket Farm: Life Cycle & Care

Crickets provide cheap and nutritious food for your pet reptiles, including bearded dragons, lizards, geckos, frogs, fish, and spiders. They’re quite affordable, but you can also start your own cricket farm to reap the benefits.

Having worked with many insect farmers and raised a small colony of crickets for my fish, I can attest to the fact that they’re worth keeping especially compared to purchasing them in large amounts.

Create a cricket farm by preparing the containers, buying the crickets, feeding them, creating their maternity home, incubating the eggs, raising the infants, then adding them to the main farm. The cricket life cycle from an egg to an adult takes 2-3 months, with the adults living for about 6 weeks.

Unlike commercial farming of crickets, small-scale farming of crickets for your pets is quite easy. These feeder insects are easy to manage and require minimum effort. Among all responsibilities, I found the regular misting required is the most demanding task in crickets farming.

How to Start a Cricket Farm

Why Raise Crickets?

You can raise crickets for various reasons, including the following:

1. For Consumption

Crickets have high contents of proteins, fat, minerals, fiber, vitamins, and minerals beneficial for your gut health. They have more protein per density than chicken, beef, salmon, and even pork can provide per bite.

In addition, crickets are more environmentally friendly protein sources than other animal-based sources of proteins, such as beef or chicken. Together with edible mealworms, you can find plenty of insect protein from crickets.

Not to forget, edible crickets have a unique nutty, slightly smoky essence. They have a pleasant umami flavor that deepens with roasting.

There are over 60 species of edible crickets. The most common ones are Brachytrupes membranaceous, Gryllus bimaculatus, Gryllus similis, Acheta domesticus, and Gryllotalpa Orientalis.

2. For Your Birds 

As earlier stated, crickets have high nutrient contents that are helpful for your health. They can provide the same nutritional value to your birds. This makes them an inexpensive source of proteins for your flock, ensuring a healthy breed of birds.

3. For Fishing

Crickets are ideally used as bait for fishing. Considering that they are easy and inexpensive to raise, it is economical and convenient in the long run.

4. For Reptile Pets

Crickets are a good treat for your pet reptile. Any reptile pet owner should consider raising crickets as an affordable high-protein snack for their pets. Like silk-making silkworms, reptile pets like bearded dragons and leopard geckos enjoy worms of various types.

5. For Commercial Purposes

Cricket farming is ideal for anyone looking for an extra stream of income. It is a considerably cheap business to run that is lucrative due to the high demand for crickets. Therefore, you can consider starting a cricket farming business as an ideal source of income.

How to Start a Cricket Farm

In my experience working with cricket farmers and raising a few crickets for my fish, starting a cricket farm is quite simple. They only need a few items following a few steps involved in the preparation, such as a cricket farm kit.

Here is everything you need to do to raise crickets:

1. Prepare Their Home

Find a high 14-gallon bin with smooth sides to prevent the crickets from quickly jumping out of the bin. Bins indented on their sides are inefficient as crickets use the indentions to jump out of the bin.

Also, ensure you choose the right bin since your crickets need to be supplied with fresh water regularly. Shallow water dishes or water pads ensure they don’t drown.

They need fresh air for breathing. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure a well-ventilated bin for their survival. A constant temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit should be maintained in the crickets’ bin.

2. Purchase the Crickets

After their home is ready, you will need to buy the crickets from a local supplier or a reliable online store. 500 crickets are suitable for a start.

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3. Feed the Crickets

Now that you have crickets in their home, you need to feed them for their survival. Feeding crickets depends on their primary purpose.

If you are raising them for consumption, you need to be careful about the feeds you are giving them. This is because crickets taste almost similar to the food they consume. Therefore, you need to select a suitable diet to enhance their flavor.

However, if you are rearing crickets for animal consumption, feed them with the most-effective food for growth. Plants such as cucumbers, pumpkins, corn, barley, wheat, and vegetables are perfect for this purpose.

4. Create a Maternity Area

Crickets need to lay eggs hence the need for a specific area for this. Simply fill a small tray with topsoil and then place it inside the bin.

You should occasionally sprinkle water on the tray’s soil to ensure they lay their eggs there. If you see tiny rice-like grains on the sand, those are their eggs. When you see them,, remove the tray and prepare for the next stage.

5. Incubate the Eggs

For cricket eggs to hatch, they need to be incubated at a warm temperature with a 90% humidity level. You can use a regular incubator or place the eggs under a heating pad or a heat lamp to provide warmth.

An incubator is ideal as it provides an easy route for you to control the humidity level. The eggs are hatched within 7-10 days from incubation.

You should spray water on the soil in the tray daily during incubation to ensure they hatch.

6. Raise the Infants

After the crickets’ eggs have hatched, set up a separate area to raise them before they are large enough to mix with the adults.

Feed the infant crickets with high amounts of proteins at this stage. Small bites of tofu and chicken are good protein sources for them. Infant crickets should spend one month in the infant center growing and maturing.

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7. Add Them to the Main Farm

After a month and the infants have gained the required size to be integrated into the main farm, you can confidently transfer them.

After a few weeks after transferring them, they will be ready for breeding, joining the cycle of the cricket colony.

Putting these steps in action will ensure crickets are often rotating, growing your cricket farm. 

Cricket Farming Precautions

Here are necessary precautions to keep in mind during your cricket farming project:

1. Ensure the Right Humidity During Incubation

A humidity level of 80% should be maintained in the incubation area. This can be achieved by spraying water on the soil daily. Avoid soaking up the soil too much, as you may encourage mold growth.

2. Ensure the Right Diet for Your Crickets

If you are breeding crickets for consumption, ensure you wisely choose the crickets’ food. Crickets have a flavor almost similar to the food they have been consuming. In addition, a good diet for your crickets ensures they have a high nutritional value.

3. Ensure the Right Temperature for Incubation

The preferred temperature for crickets’ incubation is 90°F (32.2°C). This temperature can be maintained easily with the help of an incubator.

4. Ensure a Clean Farm 

Dirty colonies have an awful smell. Maintaining a clean colony ensures that the foul odor is minimized. You can clean the farm every week to keep good hygiene levels.

Cricket Farming Pros and Cons

The advantages and disadvantages of cricket farming include the following:

Pros Cons 
Quality nutritionCan escape
Easily availableSmelly when dirty


Cricket farming comes with many advantages that may include:

  • Cost-Effective: Compared to purchasing crickets, growing them is relatively cheaper as it only requires an average of $50 to start a colony of between 200 and 300 crickets.
  • Quality Nutrition: Since you are directly feeding crickets to be fed on by your animals. You can easily ensure highly nutritious feeder crickets for your pets through a proper diet.
  • Easily Available: With a cricket farm, you have easy access to crickets without any struggle. You don’t need to waste time shopping for crickets for any use.

This makes them some of the best insects to raise on the farm. You easily can raise edible crickets when you adhere to the requirements set by the government and other agencies. 


Here are some disadvantages of rearing crickets:

  • Noisy: Male crickets are too noisy, and it can be a considerable disadvantage to put them in places where noise bothers you or other members of the household.
  • Can Escape: Crickets will escape when the farm becomes increasingly crowded after reproduction. They are challenging to locate and easily chirp into neighboring indoors.
  • Smelly When Dirty: An awful smell can be released from the colony if hygiene is not well maintained.

Still, they’re among the best insects to keep in the home. Combined with hornworms for bearded dragons and other pets, crickets can significantly improve the health of your pets.

Bottom Line

Keeping crickets is an easy task and comes with several benefits. A successful cricket farm supplies you with a nutritious diet for you and your animals’ consumption. In addition, it saves on the cost of purchasing crickets.

Most importantly, the colony is easy to manage and can be lucrative. This detailed guide on how to farm crickets provides the needed knowledge to be a success at it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How profitable is cricket farming?

Cricket farmers in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America earn an average of $5-10,000 net in areas where the average gross income is $6,000.

What do you need to raise crickets?

All you need to raise crickets is a container that doesn’t allow them to hop out. Avoid cardboard bins as they’ll chew right through it. Keep the temperature around 90°F and the humidity at 90%.

How much do crickets sell for?

Crickets retail for $0.10-0.13 per insect in most stores and farms.


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