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Black soldier fly larvae for chickens

Black soldier fly larvaeI think we may have found a partial solution to our goal of feeding our chickens without storebought ingredients.  Black soldier fly larvae can be grown in worm-bin-like containers, decomposing food scraps.  The best part is that when the larvae reach full size, they naturally crawl out of the container and fall into a bucket on the side.  You can just remove the collection bucket once a day and feed the high protein larvae directly to your chickens.

This article by Harvey Ussery has all of the information you need.  He uses a pre-made container that costs $179, but I strongly suspect we can build something just as effective on our own for pennies.  Unfortunately, this project will have to wait until spring since black soldier flies are dormant in cold weather.  I can barely wait!



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My chickens love the BSF
And yes, the BSF aren't particular about what their house looks like. The professioal model makes things more convenient... but it's not in my future.
Comment by Joe Barfield Wed Nov 11 19:35:14 2009
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I'd be very curious to see what your homemade bin looks like, if you have pictures anywhere on the internet....
Comment by anna Thu Nov 12 12:02:55 2009

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime