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Black Soldier Fly farming

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Just what I need! More creepy crawlies to raise. I have a mealworm farm and a red wiggler farm, so now, thanks to some soured quail food, I have a black soldier fly farm.

These guys have the ick factor that is missing in the other worms. The good thing is, you never have to touch them. I read this guys Wonderful blog on black soldier flies a while back, with instructions on making your own setup with a 5 gallon bucket: http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/bsf-bucket-composter-version-2-1/

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I ended up with a 5 gallon bucket of soured quail food (I *thought* the lid was tight.. DOH). I took the smelly thing to the far side of the property to dry out so I could dispose of it later. I went back to it a few days later and dumped out the almost dry soured food and OMG - there were black soldier fly larvae in there! Also regular fly maggots but I expected those.

So I cobbled together my first setup with some stuff I had around. I am in the process of making a better setup as this has no drain. Both black soldier fly larvae and housefly maggots sickbyc are coming out into the collection bucket (the kids sand pail below) but like I said, at least I don't have to touch them. And the girls love the black solider fly larvae! They also eat the maggots but prefer the black larvae. So I guess I'm cutting down on the number of future flies I'll have between this and getting rid of my quail. Flies LOVE LOVE LOVE quail poo. sickbyc

If you raise these critters too, tell me about your setup and what you feed them, etc. etc.!

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post #2 of 8

That's kind of cool, but you can have my share. big_smile

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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I'm like you.  I got them by happenstance.  When I cleaned out my brooder and put it in my composter they showed up.  They apparently love poo from what I have read.  I have nutured mine by adding old food stuffs like onion tops, spoiled meat, more chicken poo.  I wish it wasn't the middle of the night or I'd take a picture of the true ick factor.  Mine have thrived so much that the whole surface moves with them when I open the compost pile.  the collector is on my husbands honey do list but he is very busy so I just take the shovel and throw a shovel full out.  They love them and they have good nutritional ratios.  Hubby has been collecting extra and freezing for the winter. 

They also do a great job of reducing waste.  An article that I read when they first showed up was talking about several researches looking into these guys as a resource for farmers.  They can reduce their waste (poo and other stuff) by 80% and get protein in exchange.

They are gross but they are an incredible free resource.

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Originally Posted by kizanne 

I'm like you.  I got them by happenstance.  When I cleaned out my brooder and put it in my composter they showed up.  They apparently love poo from what I have read.  I have nutured mine by adding old food stuffs like onion tops, spoiled meat, more chicken poo.  I wish it wasn't the middle of the night or I'd take a picture of the true ick factor.  Mine have thrived so much that the whole surface moves with them when I open the compost pile.  the collector is on my husbands honey do list but he is very busy so I just take the shovel and throw a shovel full out.  They love them and they have good nutritional ratios.  Hubby has been collecting extra and freezing for the winter. 

They also do a great job of reducing waste.  An article that I read when they first showed up was talking about several researches looking into these guys as a resource for farmers.  They can reduce their waste (poo and other stuff) by 80% and get protein in exchange.

They are gross but they are an incredible free resource.


hahaha yes, there is a reason I didn't post a photo of the inside of that bucket.

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post #5 of 8

Hi galanie

 

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If you raise these critters too, tell me about your setup and what you feed them, etc. etc.!

I just stumbled across your post. A little late I know but in-case your still looking for bin designs we have a growing number of designs on my sites forum. Direct link to the bin design section http://www.blacksoldierflyfarming.com/forum/6-black-soldier-fly-larvae-bin-designs

 

I feed them whatever leftovers food scraps that come off our table. I'm hoping to have enough bsfl this summer to start taking fruit and veggie store scraps to feed them.

 

Here is a pic of a diy bin I just completed. It has a concrete ramp and I am very eager to test it.

 

 

 

Also a video of how I made it

 

post #6 of 8
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Thank you! I have been to your site before but didn't know you'd added that page. Sadly, the other flies eventually overwhelmed the black soldier flies this past summer so now I have none. But I may try again, I love them. Once they get going, so easy and such great stuff for my birds.

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post #7 of 8

I got mine in my compost after adding the wood chips and poo from the coop.  I turned the compost and the entire thing started to move.  It freaked me out!  But the girls love them so much that I now have no problem picking them out of the compost to feed them.  I get worried now when I don't see them.  

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2382034/Farm-432-machine-uses-maggots-grow-protein-home.html

 

Interesting enough article about the potential of BSF for human consumption.  Even if it isn't appealing, there's a nifty looking BSF farm machine there.

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