Symbi Biological

Category: Crickets


Hopper Hopper 2.0

The original Hopper Hopper I made has worked out pretty well. It is a bin, some duct tape, and a modified 5 gallon water bottle to act as a funnel. The whole idea reminds me of that scene in Return…

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Lettuce Inside

I’ve been feeding the crickets lettuce discards and they really like it as you can see in the photo. I peel off some of the outer leaves from the heads during harvest and save the for the crickets or the…

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Crickets and Water

After my successful string of harvests, I learned from our friends at Bitwater Farms that we can get even heavier yields from the kind of bins we use. We should get closer to a pound per bin, which is well above…

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Crickets Laying Eggs

Here’s a video of some crickets laying eggs. They insert their ovipositor, which is a needle -like appendage between the female crickets back legs, into the “mud” which consists of coconut coir and worm castings at a 5:1 ratio. The…

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Cricket Harvest Numbers

In late January of last year, I started with one bin of crickets with the hope that they would help contribute to the Fish Food Project closing the loop for our aquaponics system. They were put next to the soldier…

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Columns of Crickets

It’s getting a little tight in the cricket castle. Finally producing protein for the Fish Food Project. From one bin to 55 all in a 10×10′ area.

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Fermented Feed Update

The crickets seemed to like the fermented feed because there is very little left in any of the bins where I put it. Pretty cool how the feed stayed preserved as it dried out. Without fermentation, the chicken feed can…

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Fermenting Feed

Recently, a coworker asked if I had ever heard of fermenting chicken feed. Honestly, the only thing I’ve ever purposefully fermented has been barley, hops, water and yeast after brewing beer. Fermenting helps preserve foods and the microbes involved break…

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Cricket Numbers

So far, the crickets have been pretty successful. I’ve been building the colony and harvesting here and there, but mostly, trying to get the numbers up to have consistent harvests. Before I knew the dehydration problem was happening, I was…

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Prematurely Dehydrated Cricket Problem Solved

For a little while now, I’ve been having some difficulty with the nymph stage of my crickets in some of the habitats. All of the habitats (bins) were set up the same with a mudpie inside to provide a place…

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