A single bearded dragon can cost up to $1000 dollars per year, which will cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your life. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of purchasing live foods, many people do not provide sufficient insects to their animals.
Zega Substrate Breeding System (Private and Small Scale Commercial)
Our “Zega Substrate Breeding System” is used for Private and Small Scale Commercial. This is the the worlds most reliable, low maintenance and productive small scale cricket breeding system. See our How to Breed Crickets page for details on how this system works, and our Which Cricket Breeding Method do I Choose” page to choose the right cricket breeding system for you.
Below are some examples of how many crickets you can produce with our “Zega Substrate System”.
Cricket Production From the Waste Vegetables From a Family
An average family with two adults and two young children can expect to produce enough waste wet food (scrap vegetables/fruit) to support approximately 4 large breeding containers. This equates to around 4 standard pet store containers of crickets per week (around 120 crickets). This issufficient crickets to support three or four bearded dragons (i.e. 1 to 1.5 pet store container of crickets/week/bearded dragon). This equates to over$1400 in bought crickets per annum (Australian dollars).
Cricket Production for Larger Private Collections
For financial reasons, many reptile enthusiasts that keep numerous animals have a lower rate of cricket consumption per animal (use more vegetables or red meat to feed animals). Some of my clients with large reptile collections feed approximately 12 medium/large bearded dragons or monitors (30-40cm from tail to snout) from the four breeding containers described above. This cricket consumption is based on feeding 2-3 days/week feeding crickets, 2-3 days per week supplementation with fruit/vegetables/red meat and 2 days fasting.
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