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Oh my gosh... Accidental BSFL Digester

 
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So a few weeks ago I got a bucket of chicken poop for my Ruth Stout method garden. It was dry, and in a lidded container, but somehow it got wet. And I opened it today thinking I'd spread it. Not only is it not spreadable, it is a writhing mass of Black Soldier Fly maggots and has a revolting odor. So, you know, you've got lemons, make lemonade. I tossed in some hay to soak up the excess moisture and some coffee grounds and food scraps and I put the lid back on. As I put the lid back on, I noted a hole in the container where the BSF must have gotten in.

So color me surprised but not upset. I thought I was going to have trouble getting BSFL next spring when I would want them. Now I'm just trying to cobble together some mini-digesters to accompany my meat chicken tractors. Life is wild sometimes. I think plenty of people would be upset about this, but I'm not. Free chicken feed is free chicken feed. Don't look a gift larva in the mouth.
 
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I've had this happen, I was pleased,  but the smell was just to damned much.
I have seen claims that the smell they produce is inoffensive to humans but repels other insects,  but multiple times I have found that to be untrue.

I worked as a plumber,  unstopping toilets and cleaning grease traps,  but this smell beats any of that.
 
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William Bronson wrote:I've had this happen, I was pleased,  but the smell was just to damned much.
I have seen claims that the smell they produce is inoffensive to humans but repels other insects,  but multiple times I have found that to be untrue.

I worked as a plumber,  unstopping toilets and cleaning grease traps,  but this smell beats any of that.



Yeah, the smell is pretty gnarly. Lucky me it is almost time for winter, and next spring the mini-digesters will be out in the pasture. I think the poop bucket is going to become my "starter" for anywhere I need BSFL. I might toss a handful on the compost pile. IDK, maybe I'll put the compost in with the BSFL.

This place gets pretty cold, I wonder if they are from around here or if they are escapees from someone's intentional BSF digester?
 
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