Anyone ever try raising Black Soldier Fly Larve to feed their chicken?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MimiEggs, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. MimiEggs

    MimiEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I am taking a Master Gardners class at my local extension office and today we talked about worm castings and such. In the course of this conversation we branched off into the Black Soldier Fly Larve as a source of protein for my chickens. I got home and started doing some research and found the BioPod Plus as a containment system for raising these fly larve.

    So thought I would inquir if any one at BYC had ever used one of these systems for raising this particular larve for their chicken? Pros, Cons, praises or complaints?
     
  2. geedub

    geedub Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BioPods are nice, but if you're handy there are several do it yourself designs.

    There's a simple one on BYC here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bsf-larvae-operation-under-5

    I made a more complicated one here: http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/biopod™plus-2nd-generation/

    PeteB made another bucket unit here: http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=215

    Tarvus has a great larger scale (Bug Barracks) unit here: http://s283.beta.photobucket.com/user/tarvus33991/library/Bug Barracks?start=all

    marinos has a version of the Bug Barracks here: http://www.blacksoldierflyfarming.com/blog/87-filterbug-blueprint

    There are several others, but that's off the top of my head. If you search "black soldier fly" on BYC you'll see other threads about them.
     
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  3. MimiEggs

    MimiEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! Thanks for all the threads, it will take me a while to read them all. Appreciate the info.
     

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