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I have a cricket farm already started, the way I have it set up is I have one big bin for breeding, sixteen small bins for hatching, and another eight fairly large bins for rearing. When I remove the egg tray from the Breeding Bin I pour the dirt out into the hatching bin where it becomes a thin layer and easy to keep fully moist. My main issue I am having is after my eggs hatch I am trying to separate the pinheads from the dirt so I can get accurate measurements for my rearing bins. At the moment this is a full day process as I take the Hatching Bins I am moving and simply tilt them on their side and let the crickets walk off the edge into a plastic bin with some food in it. This results in many of the pin heads getting buried, which does not hurt them but prevents them from going off the edge into my other bin. I am just wondering if anyone has any ideas to efficiently collect all of your pin heads? Or is it normal to just leave the stubborn ones behind?
Also as a side note I am having issues providing water for my crickets, I had a tray that I filled with a sponge and just kept wet, they seem to cram themselves into the crack on the sides of the bin, usually resulting in their eventual death and contamination of the water source. They also seem to enjoy laying their eggs in the spongey areas and have a tendency to eat the sponge itself. For the time being I have defaulted to providing fresh potatoes on a daily basis as a water source. Other than that their diet consists of Kirkland Dog Food mixed with Skim Milk Powder.