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Raising feeder insects

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kassaundra, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I am certain that your birds would love you for herding the ants in their direction! This whole thing has me thinking. I bet using sawdust and shredded paper in the nesting box would eventually eliminate all the termites in the neighborhood!
     
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  2. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    Ohhhh, one more project, but at least this one is easy. I don't do any "isides" at all ever, so this may be a very effective way for me to deal with my ant troubles. [​IMG]
     
  3. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    I've been thinking about your idea and started wondering do you think the sweet would attract raccoons? or other preditors?
     
  4. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We raise red worms, and this summer I'll probably make a bucket for the soldier fly grubs. They got into my worm bin while it was outside last year, so I know we have them. They'll provide enough of a protein treat to add to their regular rations and make things interesting for the girls.
     
  5. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:When I read your question I thought " I don't know the answer". So I googled
    "what attracts racoons".
    Here is what I found at wiki.answers.com

    Raccoons eat a variety of plants and animals. They will eat... grains, acorns, wild berries, fruits, frogs, clams, mice, rabbits, white grubs, beetles, duck eggs, chicken eggs, sweet corn, peanuts, bread, peanut butter, cat food, dog food, fiddler crabs, fish, grapes, baby birds, snakes, and even marshmallows. They will pretty much eat what is available.

    Seems to me that your chickens or anything you feed your chickens might attract them. You just need to prepare a defense. My black Lab is my first line of defense. Works pretty good so far.​
     
  6. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    My shop vac turned bio pod is almost complete it just needs a filter, next trip to walmart and I will get one of the cheap airconditioning filters and it will be ready to go. So in about 1 month the girls should be feasting on black soldier fly larva!!! [​IMG] One project down only 999 to go! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having issues getting mine going. [​IMG] I finally netted the bucket with a curtain sheer to make a large area they can fly but not escape.
     
  8. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    Here it is my homemade biopod from a broken shop vac, broken box fan and a few spare parts!!!! It is sitting on the bucket for ease of pic taking, I think I will need one minor adjustment to the length of the exit tubing.

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    I'm putting veggie/fruit scraps and chicken poo in it today and putting it outside!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Then it won't be long until chickies are [​IMG] at least I [​IMG]
     
  9. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Neat setup!

    I just tossed this out there with what larvae were left. If I can get a couple to breed then that should set us up. If I ever get enough going I am selling them excess as starter kits for cheap! [​IMG]

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    BSF are just a lot of fun. Here is a recording I did of what they sound like!

    Black Soldier Fly Larvae Sound

    I am working on a real set up that self harvests and breeds without much care from me. A fun summer project!
     
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  10. juliette2009

    juliette2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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