Anyone using a Bio-Pod? to make Cheap Chicken Food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dragonfly Ranch, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    We have had Black Solider Fly grubs in our compost pile every year and never knew what they were until this year with some research. Then we wondered if chickens could eat them, we weren't sure so we didn't.

    Well, we sure missed the boat according to an article in this month's Backyard Poultry magazine all about raising them to add as a cheap source for feeding chickens.

    The process seems very easy and another type of special composting bin that allow the grubs to crawl out and provide a clean source of high protein food for the chickens.

    Just wondering if anyone has one and what you think about it.

    Sandee
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I have been wanting one for a while, thought of making one too but never got around to it, I might as for it as a Christmas gift this year I heard they work very well and who does not like free food [​IMG]
     
  3. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Only a chicken person would put one of these on their Christmas list [​IMG]
     
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  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    I saw that article too. It was interesting. I tried to farm earwigs in a glass jar once, not a good idea! They grew better in the always open chicken door!
    Maybe a more "natural" approach is better?

    But this isn't earwigs we're talking about, is it?
     
  5. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    No way - I hate those things. Like I said we have the grubs growing naturally in the compost pile, so like you we should probably go natural and save $180.

    Sandee
     
  6. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why, oh why did you post this???? Now I want one! But $179 is a bit steep. Wonder if there's a way to get similar results with a do-it-yourself version of a Bio-Pod? Though I love the wiz-bang Star Trek modern look of the actual Bio-Pod.
     
  7. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Quote:I saw a DIY on the Internet and should probably go back and look at it again. Used 5 gallon buckets. When I find the link again, I'll post.

    Sandee
     
  8. [​IMG] Oh great, something else for me to raise.... Thanks.
     
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  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:yes well guilty as charged, last year I asked for a compost bin and incubator [​IMG] got both of them :wee
     
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:oh mine live in their door ways as well I wonder why, I hate them whenever I go to close one to switch runs they fall out. [​IMG]
     

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