Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SandraMort, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've read that page before. Ick factor is definitely high for me! We live in the city and our coop is basically outside our bedroom window. Having a rotting animal carcass in a bucket just feet from our house is a no-go.

    But lots of people swear by maggot buckets!
  3. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    So... if I get this right, you drill holes in the bucket, put (whatever) in the bucket, and then the maggots fall out of the bucket and the birds pick them off the floor for snacks? Or is there more to it than I'm not grasping? Yeah, it sounds really gross, but if it's free, it's something I suppose I ought to consider!
  4. drumstyx

    drumstyx In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2008
    Sounds like a great idea, but I don't think I could do the road kill thing. I manage a horse barn and have access to A LOT of manure. I'm wondering if that would work as well.......we do breed a huge amount of flies around here.
  5. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    My husband would like to know if anybody knows how much feed is saved by doing these maggot buckets.

    Also, do you know how much they *REALLY* smell?
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I thought it would be great for them to eat but a rotting carcass:sick would also draw a lot of predator attention so I didn't do that. I am trying to keep the possums, raccoons and foxes away, not invite them in so I decided other things may work better.
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:I've never had a maggot bucket, but I can't imagine it'd save that much on feed. Feeding all your garden and table scraps would save more money than the bug foraging, imo.
  8. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    Well I know with having horses manure, the flies love the continual supply of manure.

    That was one of the reason I got chickens. To help with the fly population. They go through the piles and remove ANYTHING that moves, usually maggots.

    I do have a manure pile, however with the rainy season upon us (SW Fla), I usually take my wheel barrow to a bare spot and dump. A huge pile of manure will be demolished in hours. Can you say maggot buffet?

    The chickens spread out everything and rototill it into the ground in their search for delectables.

    If you use meat or anthing like that to set up a maggot bucket, the rotting meat is what smells, not the maggots.
  9. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Quote:My chickens go through the manure pile also to eat any bugs they can find. Being we have horses and the landlord has 3 hog barns the flies are everywhere! I love my chickens even more for every maggot they eat. I am going to get the fly predators also but I can only afford the 5 horse amount of them so it won't help with the 2,000+ hogs in the barns all within a few miles of our place, but it will help so that it good. I am trying to avoid the nasty smelling fly traps. Seems no matter how high or where I place them I one day end up knocking into it or knocking it over. ICK!
  10. Grindlefamily

    Grindlefamily Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Fairfield, ME
    hmmm - may I should throw a couple of the bigger chicks in the compost pile and let they dig around - there are yuckies in there.

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