New to group but long time raising poultry

ColeJ

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Jul 18, 2021
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Hi all,
Ive just joined the group but not new to raising birds. I've had Ducks, Chickens, Quail, Guineas, Geese and there was that hand full of fancy pheasants that just "showed up" one day and moved in, i suspect they were escapees but I never was able to find their owners.
I've had my share of predator issues as I'm sure most of you have as well. Electric netting, traps, snares and 410ga keep the flock safe now.
currently have a couple Pekin, Black Swedish and Muscovy ducks, Coturnix quail, and mixbreed chickens (Olive eggers I think)
I have a BSF larvae harvesting setup which I feed back to the birds.
looking forward to being part of this forum
Cheers
 

ColeJ

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Jul 18, 2021
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Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow

Sounds like you have had a lot of fun flocks! Are the black soldier flies easy to raise? I have thought about meal worm raising but it's so arid in my territory, not sure it would work.

Make yourself at home here and welcome to our community!
the BSF are super easy, I just dump the quail manure in the bucket and the females come to lay eggs within minutes. I had to rig up a ramp and exit for the larvae when they were ready to pupate and they just drop straight into the collection container. they seem to keep the houseflies under control as I hardly ever see any housefly maggots. from what I've learned they are 40% protien, 30% fat, and 5% calcium so a great snack for the flock.
 

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the BSF are super easy, I just dump the quail manure in the bucket and the females come to lay eggs within minutes. I had to rig up a ramp and exit for the larvae when they were ready to pupate and they just drop straight into the collection container. they seem to keep the houseflies under control as I hardly ever see any housefly maggots. from what I've learned they are 40% protien, 30% fat, and 5% calcium so a great snack for the flock.
Wow, great info on raising them! I didn't know they would help with the house flies, thanks a bunch! Yes I have heard BSFs are more healthy than meal worms.
 

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