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cricket farm at home for bug protein?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM

I think that a lot of hunter-gatherers probably ate bugs with a great deal of frequency. Has anyone ever had their own bug farm and fed them organic feed and used them as food? I'm thinking like a personal cricket farm. I hear they are really good too, cause one of my friends from Asia says they eat them fried like popcorn there. Anyone try or know anything about doing something like this?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 10, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Crickets smell really bad. We used to get them to feed a mantis we had. Might be a function of a lot of them in a small space, but man, nasty.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Haha, school in the country taught by a combination of hippies and retired scientists. It's worth it.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 08, 2012
at 04:55 AM

What the hell sort of awesome progressive (regressive? archaic?) school did you go to!? That is absolutely awesome. We didn't get to do that at prep school.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on April 08, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I love crab. Mmm. I only had cricket in lollipop once. I think it would taste so much better stir-fried in savory dish, as opposed to something sweet.

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:06 AM

I've been thinking about this forever! I hope you get good responses.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:03 AM

they smell? well, that ruins a lot.

4ccf5d9bba64e54fc95802fe8ae33c47

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I just can't believe this...can't ya'll just step outside and pick them up? Very soon now they will all come cricketing out of their holes invading my porch, yard...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 08, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Yeah I replied to your comment, and that's why I posted this question . I want to so badly! it'd be super clean protein cause they're so low on the food chain and you could totally control their environment.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 08, 2012
at 12:40 AM

http://www.wormman.com/breeding_crickets.cfm

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4ccf5d9bba64e54fc95802fe8ae33c47

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on April 08, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Last summer I had my involuntary indoor cricket farm. Outdoors was so bad like I've never seen before. Even my cats got tired of eating them and just pawed them off when they got in their way. And no, I didn't eat them either and I constantly checked that I wasn't feeding them, they feed on all textiles, clothes, rugs. But the worst part is their smell, good luck with that. Btw they breed out of control, get two and you'll have 1000 in no time.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on April 10, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Crickets smell really bad. We used to get them to feed a mantis we had. Might be a function of a lot of them in a small space, but man, nasty.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 08, 2012
at 02:03 AM

they smell? well, that ruins a lot.

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on April 08, 2012
at 12:39 AM

Duddeeee, I posted about having my own insect farm maybe half an hour ago. I really want to farm some bugs. I'm just worried they wouldn't reproduce enough to meet my needs. I guess they'd be more like a treat.

If only you lived within driving distance. I'd invite you over for dinner. I'm glad someone else shares my interest in bugs.

I've looked everywhere and the only live crickets I've found are from pet stores or bait stores but I don't know if I should trust the source. Apparently, the gray cricket is the easiest to raise in captivity. I've read some sites about getting 10 males and 10 females to start.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 08, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Yeah I replied to your comment, and that's why I posted this question . I want to so badly! it'd be super clean protein cause they're so low on the food chain and you could totally control their environment.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 08, 2012
at 12:40 AM

http://www.wormman.com/breeding_crickets.cfm

4ccf5d9bba64e54fc95802fe8ae33c47

(900)

on April 08, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I just can't believe this...can't ya'll just step outside and pick them up? Very soon now they will all come cricketing out of their holes invading my porch, yard...

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on April 09, 2012
at 07:51 PM

For all you wannabe bug eaters...I am currently conversing with a company (in the United States) about prepared food-grade roasted crickets (unflavored). I'll update you all when I get a response. I figure it might be a better first bet before doing something like start a cricket farm, ha ha.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 09, 2012
at 07:44 PM

I've had chaupulines (sp) (pron: choo-po-lean-us, iirc) before, a seasoned, dry roasted cricket that is a popular snacky in Mexico and other parts of Central America. I would love to find a source for safe, food grade creepy crawlies so I could make my own.

I would like to compare them with roasted nuts in the way they are eaten, and seasoned, but the flavor is fairly unique... And absolutely delicious.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 08, 2012
at 03:01 AM

We made deep fried crickets in biology class, grade 7. We all got to bring some home and report how our families liked them. They were good. I think that's a general rule of thumb with all things deep fried, but reminded me of a crunchier version of soft-shelled crab.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 08, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I love crab. Mmm. I only had cricket in lollipop once. I think it would taste so much better stir-fried in savory dish, as opposed to something sweet.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 08, 2012
at 04:55 AM

What the hell sort of awesome progressive (regressive? archaic?) school did you go to!? That is absolutely awesome. We didn't get to do that at prep school.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 08, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Haha, school in the country taught by a combination of hippies and retired scientists. It's worth it.

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Vij's Restaurant in Vancouver BC, Canada used to have food-grade crickets on the menu. I just tweeted them to ask where they sourced them. Or you can follow or tweet them yourself at @Vijs_restaurant on Twitter. This is a cool concept. I've eaten a LOT of bugs that are naturally found in the seaweed we gather seasonally around my traditional Indigenous territory on the BC West Coast. Mostly just crunchy-salty, flavour masked by the seaweed.

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:44 AM

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