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Cricket Farm Yields

Hi All,

I'm trying to business plan a 5,000 sqft commercial cricket farm (Acheta Domesticus) and am have some problems finding a reliable yield per square metre number. I've been through the forums here and researched online and am finding anything from 7K/psqm to 50K/psqm per harvest. My own calculations, based on a 3mx1mx1m cricket bin equate to 28k psqm. This is based on a housing sheet (cardboard, egg tray equivalent etc) distributed every 3cm through the length of the bin. Sheets would be 100cm by 60cm giving a total area of 6,000 sqcm x 2 (both sides) = 12,000 sqcm per sheet. 100 sheets per bin equals a total crawl space of 1.2m sqcm. Allowing 5cm per cricket (I know Patton suggests 2.5 but being conservative) equals 240,000 crickets per bin. At an adult weight of 0.4g, that would result in 84K per harvest so 28k psqm. Based on a 6 week harvest schedule that equates to 613k per bin, or 204k psqm per year.

If anyone has any thoughts would they like to review and let me know? Makes a big difference to the top line!

Thanks for your help



  • Hi Mattyjmurray, - I do not rear crickets.

    J. Dzamba, who designed a mult-chambered cricket production system orientated vertically, estimated 64 Kg crickets/cubic meter at a conference in 2014.

    DeFoliart & team (1998) reared 6,000 crickets in cages 50 x 44 x 20.5 cm.

    Makkar, et al. (2014) in "State-of-the-art in use of insects as animal feed", originally published in journal Animal Feed Science and Technology (197) reported crickets can be reared at densities of 2,000 crickets/sq. mt.

    What seems to be overlooked when projecting adult yield is that diet influences weight & also overlooked is the age when decide to cull them influences how many of the original population is still alive. Mortality dynamic is discussed elsewhere in Forum, such as found in 1st comment on recent thread "Wet crickets to cricket powder ratio" which references Collavo, et al free full text on-line research as per a specific diet.

    Lundy & Parella (2015) "Crickets are not a free lunch ....", available in-line as free full text, also tested diets. They began with 50,000 cricket eggs per diet trialed & estimated 70% were hatching for them. The living space provided 172,800 sq. cm. for the resulting population, which authors extrapolate as a density of 1 cricket/5.25 cm.

  • Thanks Gringojay and for the studies which I've now read. I've spoken to another farmer who reckons 2.5lbs per cubic foot is possible which matches my initial calculation. J. Dzamba's projections seem rather high to me (I'm not even sure what a cubic metre of wet crickets would weigh in total but can't be much more than 64 kg) but hopefully he's right!

  • Hi Mattyjmurray, - Here is the yield (2015) from a commercial Thai cricket farm in Nacheung. The operation occupied 2,720

    In 78 separate growing bins with an average size of 9.43 sq. mt. each growing bin ("pen") with 52% for Acheta domestics & 48% for Gryllus bimaculatus they averaged 8.3 herds harvested in a year. Thai weather is not uniform & there is some productivity variation in 12 month period, with winter months less.

    The fresh weight of Acheta domesticus culled in a year was 19,105 Kg & the fresh weight of Gryllus bimaculatus culled in that same year was 17,636 Kg. From another source let me add that in 2015 operations of 50 or more cricket bins in Thailand were getting for Acheta domesticus US$2.23-$2.79 (price higher in winter)/Kg & for Gryllus bimaculatus US$2.79-3.07 (price higher in winter) /Kg.

    Fig. 1 is a photograph of this installation, as reported in "Life cycle assessment of cricket farming in north-eastern Thailand", originally published in Journal of Cleaner Production & available on-line as free full pdf .

    Table 1 shows feed used was 74,237 Kg. & of the total fresh weight crickets harvested they got 26% in dry cricket matter ("DM"). This is one of the few studies with data on the production of cricket frass ("biofertilizer"), which commercialized can represent a revenue side-stream to off-set feed cost ; from the Acheta domesticus there was 26,648 Kg frass & from the Gryllus bimaculatus there was 16,150 Kg frass.

    As always one must look to specific methods used in a study & Table 2 shows the cricket diet used. I will add that when look at protein content given for both kinds of crickets there is some difference & that, although claimed 100% "edible" this does not mean we humans or a target consumer can digest all the chitin bound protein.

  • I think that in a 5000 sqft (500 m2 and 2 meters high) room it is possible to breed approx.4.500 - 5.000kg of wet crickets per month. KWEEKRUIMTE 2018

    The picture shows a breeding facility of 2 levels. Each containers gives a yield of 8-10 kilos per month. In 500 sq.m you can have 600 containers x 8 to 10 kilos per month.

  • Hi Mattyjmurray,

    For me it's hard to believe that in a bin that's 3m x 1m x 1m, filled with egg cartons, could house 613k crickets.

    According to several sources, my calculations say that a bin (2m x 1m x 1m, filled with egg cartons) can house 35k - 45k crickets. Please correct me, if I'm wrong.

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