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  • @Erwe thanks for sharing and summarizing!
  • Hi @DaMeteor - you can edit your profile by clicking your user name to get to your profile page. Then click the "Edit Profile" button that appears near the top left side of your profile picture (on the upper right side of the page). Then you can cha…
  • @Ozone search for "chipboard partitions" they tend to be custom made and require significant minimum order size, but are less labor intensive than egg carton. That said they support a significantly lower population density as well
  • @Moofisilla - that's awesome! Have you also considered setting steel rods or wooden dowels through a frame with the appropriate spacing? Might end up being more work or expense vs. your plan to laser cut the ply, but could be a good solution if it's…
  • @ida mealworma are often shipped in a canvas bag that is tied off - usually with some crumpled newspaper in it. That bag is then packed in a sturdy shipping box. @Moofisilla thats quite an old post and i have not kept up-to-date on the topic. I wou…
  • A likely (relatively) near term fallout from cultured meats hitting the market is that insect protein based "meat" alternatives face stiff competition (insofar as such products exist), however cost of scaling cultured meat production is significantl…
  • @Interstedinbugs Unfortunately don't know the state of market in the UK, but in the US you generally need to process the insects in order to sell them
  • @samglickstein - commercial scale sorting is achieved with standard industrial vibrating sifters and a stack of screens. Try googling for USDA + mealworm sorting - they have had some projects on the topic and there's a powerpoint floating around the…
  • Welcome folks!
  • @YOMANU - the foam that @gringojay mentions is likely the same as the green florist foam used in flower arrangements, available online, at crafts stores or maybe at your local nursery or florist shop. ex: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Flora-Craft-FF242…
  • thanks @gringojay
  • Thanks for digging that up @gringojay. The part I'm most interested in is the findings around the effect (or lack thereof) of the Light/Dark cycle
  • we have tried eating the eggs, they do not have much flavor
  • Also, relevant to G. assimilis / locorojo: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Weissman4/publication/236013972_Billions_and_billions_sold_Pet-feeder_crickets_Orthoptera_Gryllidae_commercial_cricket_farms_an_epizootic_densovirus_and_government…
  • @gringojay - do you have a title or link handy for the 2010 reference there regarding G. sigillatus vs domesticus? Would like to read that one
  • @btyris - you can find the answers in more depth around the forum, but in short: 1. google "buy live crickets" 2. maybe? but not approved by USDA for mass rearing w/o special permits (if you're in the USA) 3.freezer 4. roast or dehydrate then grind …
  • grasshoppers are delicious and very good nutritional balance, and more widely raised in Europe and Israel. USDA APHIS restricts commercial rearing of grasshoppers in the US because they are a pest species (eat commercially and or environmentally imp…
  • A couple things increase the crickets tendency to eat their substrate: moisture - such as spilled water droplets from their water dish spilled feed - they'll chop right into that cardboard seasoned with feed crowding/egress - if the substrate is p…
  • There is a lot of off-the-shelf equipment and knowhow online for managing temperatures and airflow in small spaces thanks to the indoor gardening community. To keep the environment balanced you can probably use a couple well placed vent fans (relati…
  • @Backtobasics - You should still insulate! It works both ways - to keep heat in or out, and minimize supplemental cooling
  • @Backtobasics - take a spin through the threads and you should find a lot of existing info that you can use to base specific questions on later. However at a very basic level you need a container (like a deep plastic tote or even a plywood or cardbo…
  • You can also significantly slow the mealworm lifecycle without refrigerating just by lowering temperature into the low 60s/ high 50s (F). They will continue to move and eat (slowly) and won't die/degrade as may happen if you forget them in the fridg…
  • Passive airflow will be sufficient if you're just using the drawers without trying to seal them up
  • @huggo - for some visual reference regarding facility setup, you can search for some of the existing producers such as kreca/proti-farm https://protifarm.com/ in the Netherlands, Ynsect based in france, Rainbow Mealworms in California, and Entomo Fa…
  • @Backtobasics - even with tens of thousands of breeders the noise will be mostly muted by a shed walls - particularly if insulated which you'll want to save on heating costs
  • @Backtobasics the worms need fresh air circulation so you'll need air intake and filtered exhaust if you are concerned about smell/ dust and want a fully contained setup
  • @CyrusP that makes sense - I'd expect it closer to 60% dried.
  • @CyrusP is that label for fresh or dried mealworms? Protein seems very low if they are dried Shoot me an email and I'll let you know about any events we have as they come up!
  • @CyrusP - welcome to the forum! Regarding gluten, you can probably purge your mealworms with a gluten free diet (e.g. corn meal) for a few days before harvest and end up with a gluten free product. The best thing to do (if you are otherwise having …
  • @Moofisilla - I think it is always a good idea to slightly over-populated and over-breed for your target output. It's hard to guarantee the complex web of factors that yield "optimum" growth and reproductions rates for every batch so you always want…