True. Just cook up some lamb... is amazing how they zero in! Maybe shove some cooked lamb in the bucket? Or lamb scraps in the kitchen peelings mix.... too expensive and yummy for the flies.
Susan Monroe wrote:
Food certainly doesn't need to stink to attract flies --- having a BBQ is proof of that! I think they're just always looking for a site to lay eggs.
Leah Sattler wrote:
forest gardener - I found this site with lots of chicken forage ideas http://www.greenharvest.com.au/seeds/info_sheet/poultry_forage.html
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
When I butcher rabbits, the offal gets thrown to the chickens, who dispose of the lot pretty quickly, before it can rot. (I save the hides, usually, for tanning.) I like the idea of growing maggots to feed the chickens, but that would only work for about half the year here, when it's warm enough for flies to be out and about.
The danger of botulism poisoning in the chickens (limberneck, as RustysDog put it) is from the rotting meat. That's why people have been devising 'maggot feeders' to produce maggots but not allow the chickens to get into the rotten stuff.
@ DanDMan- Why do you clean the fish before giving them to your Soldier Grubs? Won't they eat the guts too?
I'm pretty excited- I've built myself a BSF cannon out of 4in PVC pipe w/ test caps on each end. The lower cap is drilled w/ tiny holes to allow drainage & air circulation. It can be removed to empty the compost into the red worm bin. The top cap is a slotted drain cap that allows grubs to crawl out & Moms to get in & lay eggs. The whole thing sits @ a 30 deg angle for self harvasting. I added a T at the top for an easy & perfect scrap shoot for the angle it sits. Since I got all the pieces at the Habitat for Humanity Store & another recycle builders barn- the whole thing only cost me 6$. I saved enough to be able to order my larve on line & they will be here tomorrow. I'll post my results. Someday when Im not techno stunted I'll get some pics up too. I may not be able to save or change the world but I sure can my own back yard.
Here's another blog with some good DYI plans for BSF bins http://raisesoldierflies.com/
Dead Rabbit wrote:
yes i too would appreciate hearing the results and some pics of what youve built. i like the idea of using pvc. im sure it looks good and is very user friendly. i believe in building stuff myself. im in the building trade,,,,and i like things to work well...and look nice at the same time. a bucket no doubt works but id like to try something a lil more high tech, and friendlier to the eye. thats just me.