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Black soldier fly shelf

making new bench for black soldier fly farm

I built a bench like shelf for our new Black Soldier Fly project today.

A big upside down lid makes a good water moat to keep ants away.

The goal is to cultivate enough grubs to supplement the chickens' diet.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Have you heard of the method of hanging a lantern above a shallow kids pond at night? It supposedly attracts the bugs, the bugs thump into the glass, fall into the pond. If it is shallow enough, with something for the chickens to walk in and out on, that could help supplement the diet as well.
Comment by Matthew Wed Jul 30 18:47:21 2014

I would be interested in seeing some more pictures of your bin!

My worm bin every year gets full of BSF. Maybe I should put a ramp in...

Comment by Eric in Japan Wed Jul 30 19:21:58 2014

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