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Thousands of Grubs in Compost ( picture and video )

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    Boy did my girls get a treat!

    About a week ago I took a barrel of old wheat and put it in the compost and wet it down really well. My wife came in today and said the compost was "teaming with grubs". I didn't believe her so I went out to look... she was right.

    Here's a pic of what they look like:
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    Here is a video of the pile of them squirming like crazy:



    I believe they turn into a black beetle? Anybody have more info about these grubs?

    OH and you must see this video:



    and my fav:
     
  2. CutestChickenFarmer

    CutestChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG that video was the most revolting thing ever! Thank goodness you had chickens around to help get rid of such an awful mess.

    I'm very much looking forward to the day that my girls are old enough to help with the upkeep around the place!
     
  3. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
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    I found some of those a few days ago while cleaning up in my coop as well, scared the heck outta me, and grossed me out not to mention! I didn't know if they were safe for them to eat or not, so I didn't bother. But my young'uns LOVE "rolly polies"
     
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    About 2 weeks ago I went out to toss up my pile and I noticed the pine shavings on top were moving. I was like "what the heck!" I took the pitch fork to it and worms were EVERYWHERE. I guess I'm doing something right, my compost pile looks just like yours.
     
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    Yup, looks just like something out of a horror movie doesn't it?

    Well, I'll say this... my chickens weren't scared! [​IMG]
     
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks to Wolfpacker for the idea that these are the larva of the soldier fly.

    I did a Google image search and he was spot on:


    "Some folks raise these in the bins and use them as fishing bait. Others remove them by hand and feed them to the birds. We have heard of one worm farmer who placed her chicken in the bin to dine upon the tasty morsels and found this to be a very effective method of soldier fly larvae control."

    http://www.happydranch.com/8.html


    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/03/050309135653.htm
     
  7. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's a little more about the adults:

    http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/cimg226.html

    I can't believe you cheated us in the You Tube video-I heard the squawking, and I just KNEW at any minute you were going to show the chickens being let into the area and gorging themselves on those larvae!

    I had already started nuking the popcorn, but alas, I was denied!

    [​IMG]
     
  8. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My compost has an open top and my chickens check up there daily for any worms, bugs, and such. You should see the madness after I turn/aeriate it!--How many chickens fit in YOUR compost bin!!!HAHAHAHA

    Sandra
     
  9. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since I've been giving them a shovel full of this each day, I noticed that this morning when I turned them out of their coop, they didn't go to their food like they usually do. Instead, they went over to the place in their run where I usually put the shovel full.
     
  10. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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    Too funny! Same thing here.

    I gave my girls a shovel full of compost 4 days ago and now when I open up the coop in the morning they zip right past me and make a b-line to the compost bin.

    The biggest problem is when I'm turning the compost with my pitchfork... I have to go slow or instant chicken kabob!

    :eek:
     

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