Many animals that are kept in captivity and as pets depend on live insects for food. These animals include birds, fish, turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes, dragons, skinks, rats, geckos and more. Breeding insects at home is a very economical way to ensure that your pet is fed a highly nutritious diet. Many pet stores sell feeder insects, but many are produced in massive quantities under less than desirable conditions. In fact, many insects that are bred as feeders aren’t provided with proper nutrition and are not very good for your pets. Some that are mass-produced are even known to have been fed nothing but newspaper!
Breeding bugs at home is the perfect solution. They don’t take up much room and are easy to care for. Your pets are sure to always have a reliable supply of good food. And by breeding bugs, you won’t have to spend time searching the yard or digging for dinner. Breeding live food for animals is also a very enjoyable hobby!
Crickets are enjoyed by many different animal species. Reptiles such as lizards, chameleons, aquatic turtles, box turtles, and dragons thrive on them. Most birds such as chickens, turkeys, bluebirds, wildbirds, guinea fowl and quail eat crickets as well. So do salamanders, frogs, toads, newts, goldfish, archers, arrowana and piranha. Bats, rats, voles, hedgehogs, shrews and praying mantis especially appreciate them. Most all animals (above) that eat crickets like mealworms and mealworm larvae. Ants are fed to spiders, praying mantis, and many of the insectivorous birds and fish. Many birds, amphibians, lizards and small mammals are quite happy eating cockroaches.
An insect breeder will be able to tell you which insects are best for your animals. Some animals eat insects on a regular basis, while others are fed insects as a supplement to their regular diets. Insect breeders carry many different types of breeders. Many people find that breeding insects helps keep their pets happy and healthy for many years.