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Keeping & Breeding Crickets As Feeder Insects by Renier Delport

Keeping & Breeding Crickets As Feeder Insects contains everything you need to know about breeding you own crickets on a non-commercial scale, but due to the current gap in the market and need, I've also included a lot of basic principles of commercial breeding. Topics such as breeding (step-by-step), feeding, dusting, gut loading, temperature regulation, economics and biology is discussed in full, but easy to understand details. The book also contains two easy-preparable dry cricket gut loading recipes and a easy to prepare maintenance recipe for optimum cricket health and breeding.

Due to the popular demand this book is already in its third edition. Feedback from previous clients implemented a few changes that made an overall improvement and an even better reason to have this book.

Author Renier Delport
Herpetologist

Format: A4 eBook (Electronic Book PDF-format)
Pages: 21
30 Full-colour Photos & 2 Illustrations
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Keeping & Breeding Crickets As Feeder Insects Electronic Edition covers the following topics in detail (some never been covered in any other book):

Basic Cricket Keeping
Cricket Breeding (step-by-step) - Small Scale & Commercial
Feeding Of Crickets & Crickets To Other Animals
Suitable Crickets To Breed
Environments & Container Temperature Regulation
Breeding Economics
General Herpetocultural Glossary
Cricket Biology
2 Easy-preparable Cricket Dry Gut Loading Recipes For Crickets
General Maintenance Feeding Recipe For Crickets
Cricket Handling (catch, sort & feed crickets)
Principles Of Cricket Dusting & Gut Loading
Availability & Purchasing Of Materials
Common Used Abbreviations & Conversion Factors
 
 

From The Author

"I feel that it is unnecessary for lizard keepers to pay unnecessary high prices for crickets if the only thing that stands in the way of breeding their own is in fact knowledge. The main objective with this eBook is to make lizard keeping more affordable and accessible (especially in South Africa). There is no use in keeping lizards in areas where there is no food or where it is merely impossible to get hold off. The price you pay for this book is simply not comparable to the initial costs of trial and error breeding methods. This book will also save you a lot of money in buying crickets as food. The secondary objective is to increase the popularity of lizards, not only in the trade, but also as common household pets.

Keeping & Breeding Crickets As Feeder Insects is not only intended for people interested in commercial cricket breeding, but also for those who only wants to feed their private lizard collection. There are a lot of resources out there on the topic of cricket breeding, especially on the internet, but none of them explains the process in  full details (step-by-step), sometimes needed for the final touch. Some people claim that the process is easy, but more than one came back to me to get "the secret". It is not a secret, but it is becoming a science. This book is based on my own breeding experience and methods. You don't need a lot of space to breed your own crickets. What is more is that the input costs for increasing cricket production will rise according to production and is not fixed, meaning that you can breed according to need, and not to cover initial costs."

"This is your guarantee to successful cricket breeding!"

 
 
 

Why To Breed Your Own Crickets:

  • You are less dependant on other breeders/pet shops for crickets

  • It is far (and I mean FAR) less expensive than to buy crickets

  • There is no more buying of dead crickets

  • You breed the size of crickets you need

  • You determine the quality of cricket you want

  • It is educational and gives you better perspective and knowledge on the overall keeping of your herptile

 
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On A More Serious Note

Read: All Cricket Buyers, Crickets Breeders and Cricket Selling Pet Shops!

"At this stage it looks like the cricket market in South Africa is going to be monopolized by only a few large commercial breeders. The obvious problem with this is that cricket prices are ridiculously high in comparison to other countries and compared to what it cost the breeders. The sad thing in South Africa is the fact that you will find yourself more than once buying crickets from a pet shop only to find a few weak survivors (as if it was not enough that you were ripped off by paying a ridiculous amount for it in the first place). It pays more to rip your clients off by selling crickets as food, than to sell live animals. I don't know weather the high prices are due to the cricket breeders or the pet shop owners, but all of this is killing the cricket consumer and the herptile hobby out there.

Everything from feeding adult breeding animals, to the quality of hatchlings, to the quality of babies sold to the quality of those animals as adults are influenced by . A big complaint that I get from people reading my websites is that people get to buy weak babies, or in the case of Beardies, babies that never had a cricket in their lives, which then dies. This is how the breeders and pet shops treat newcomers to the herptile industry! One of the main reasons for this is the lack of affordable food! Another thing is, how can our customers refer new clients to the hobby when they have to keep up with a herptile which needs a daily supply of insects which they cannot afford to feed because of this ridiculous situation in our country!

Another problem that I see with expensive cricket prices is that lizards like Bearded dragons get fed cheaper poorer alternatives like mealworms or no source of insects and they try to maintain dragons on pellets, veggies or other supposedly balanced diets.

With this I would like to urge the breeders and pet shops to change their attitudes towards a more affordable, better quality cricket. With this I mean better prices, fresh gut loaded crickets with as little as possible mortalities and more freely available crickets (crickets of all sizes). I would like to urge buyers to buy from reputable pet shops and breeders, to open up a cricket container to see what the quality of the crickets are that you are buying, and to, when possible, breed your own crickets. It is not that difficult. Thirdly I would urge more people to breed commercially and supply crickets to our expanding herptile market.

We need to work together to improve our hobby and also the perception of the hobby out there."

 

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