Author Topic: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder  (Read 6143 times)

Offline Roundabouts

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1380
  • Karma: 66
black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:01:16 PM »
http://gardenpool.org/beneficial-insects/black-soldier-fly-composter-automatic-chicken-feeder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQVlWPDXZTk&feature=related


THIS IS WAY COOL!   Grow black soldier fly in an automatic chicken feeder.  I can see this type of feeder working for lots of things.  Great how to instructions too.   Can't wait to try it.   Lord knows feed is not going to get cheaper. 

Offline rikkrack

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1180
  • Karma: 36
  • Permaculture Entrepreneur
    • Wolf-Beach Farms
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2012, 11:22:01 AM »
I love this. Trying to get wife onboard. Right now the walking garbage disposals (chickens) just go through our compost and turn it for us. We have resorted to throwing everything in there as they will eat everything. This will work great for my aquaponics set up too.

Offline Falling_blue

  • Survivor
  • ***
  • Posts: 179
  • Karma: 6
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2012, 05:51:42 PM »
Any one got an idea on how many chickens this will support under ideal conditions of compost?

Offline Roundabouts

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1380
  • Karma: 66
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 06:29:05 AM »
Any one got an idea on how many chickens this will support under ideal conditions of compost?

I havent been able to figure that out.  I guess the answer would be it depends.   ;)   ah Permaculture gotta love it.   It does seem that this would be a seasonal thing depending on where you live.  It seems the design would work well for other applications too.

Offline Outdoorfury

  • Survivalist Mentor
  • *****
  • Posts: 421
  • Karma: 7
  • Si vis pacem para bellum
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 09:21:10 AM »
Thanks RB! +1! i am going to build this for the spring and i think it will make my chicks very happy. I was wondering how to harvest black soldier flies, so thanks for the info.

Offline Roundabouts

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1380
  • Karma: 66
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 10:31:40 AM »
Outdoorfury let me know when you get started or share some pics?  Please. :)  I have so many projects going I want to get on this one asap. I have the barrel the wood and even some wheels. I just gotta get my pens build before winter ;)  My flocks are having babies faster than I though they would.  So this feeder will come in handy.  I am also looking into growing crickets or other things for the chickens.    They don't seem to like red wigglers. 


Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 16977
  • Karma: 378
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2012, 01:15:02 PM »
Outdoorfury let me know when you get started or share some pics?  Please. :)  I have so many projects going I want to get on this one asap. I have the barrel the wood and even some wheels. I just gotta get my pens build before winter ;)  My flocks are having babies faster than I though they would.  So this feeder will come in handy.  I am also looking into growing crickets or other things for the chickens.    They don't seem to like red wigglers. 


Roundy, I met a guy who grows them in our area.  I went and visited his operation (compost, worms, bsf, etc). Nice setup.  Here's his web site. Call him, he does not respond often to email:
http://www.northwestredworms.com/
and his BSF page:
http://www.northwestredworms.com/Pages/Blacksoldierfly.aspx

Offline Roundabouts

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1380
  • Karma: 66
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2012, 06:19:54 PM »
Thanks Archer thats where we got our worms.  He's a great guy very passionate. Been around for many many years.  Man does he have chickens everywhere! I so understand why he was shaking his head saying you don't want them in the shop.  :o  OK I GET IT NOW

Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 16977
  • Karma: 378
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2012, 07:51:11 PM »
Thanks Archer thats where we got our worms.  He's a great guy very passionate. Been around for many many years.  Man does he have chickens everywhere! I so understand why he was shaking his head saying you don't want them in the shop.  :o  OK I GET IT NOW
Oh cool. i did a tour and was very interested in his BSF's.

Offline cep89

  • Survivor
  • ***
  • Posts: 139
  • Karma: 6
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 02:00:40 PM »
I'm trying to get my wife to go along with a BSF chicken feeder and she is worried that it will smell and we will have flys all over the area.

Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 16977
  • Karma: 378
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2013, 03:19:01 PM »
I'm trying to get my wife to go along with a BSF chicken feeder and she is worried that it will smell and we will have flys all over the area.

i visited someone who has a bsf bin, it did not smell much at all unless you stuck your nose into the bin itself (and then it was not bad). as for flies, the adult bsf are not like normal flies, they cannot eat, all they do is breed and die. so they wont be buzzing around walking all over your picnic table.

Offline mxitman

  • Dedicated Contributor
  • ******
  • Posts: 1733
  • Karma: 125
  • Entrepreneur/HVAC Mechanic/Electrician
    • Heezy
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2013, 03:21:57 PM »
I tried building a BSF feeder a few years back but for some reason it failed, I don't know if there wasn't any around here or I didn't set it up properly...I basically copied some of the designs of the biopod. I think I will try it again and buy some larvae from the site mentioned as they are close to me for pickup.

Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 16977
  • Karma: 378
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2013, 03:28:36 PM »
I tried building a BSF feeder a few years back but for some reason it failed, I don't know if there wasn't any around here or I didn't set it up properly...I basically copied some of the designs of the biopod. I think I will try it again and buy some larvae from the site mentioned as they are close to me for pickup.

this is where I checked out the BSF bin:
http://www.northwestredworms.com/Pages/Blacksoldierfly.aspx
i was thinking of getting some larva from him.

Offline OKCPrepper

  • Survivor
  • ***
  • Posts: 115
  • Karma: 3
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2013, 12:02:15 AM »
I've heard Jack talk about this on a several of his programs. I had never looked into it, but after watching the video links posted here, it looks like something I need to spend some time on. I am building my Aquaponics greenhouse right now and have my Tilapia temporarily housed in a pair of 55 gal aquariums. Also working on selecting the breed of Chickens we want to try this spring so I have plenty of need for this resource. Thanks for the information.

Offline scaffdog

  • Prepper
  • **
  • Posts: 41
  • Karma: 3
  • Sustainability, Homesteading, and Self Sufficiency
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2013, 07:04:03 PM »
Are BSF everywhere?  Would one need to do something special to attract them rather than other versions of flies?

Offline plague45

  • Prepper
  • **
  • Posts: 27
  • Karma: 0
  • New TSP Forum member
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2013, 03:52:17 PM »
Are BSF everywhere?  Would one need to do something special to attract them rather than other versions of flies?

I would like to bump this question.  I am in CO and I'm wondering if I would have any luck with this.

Offline archer

  • Administrator
  • Ultimate Survival Veteran
  • *******
  • Posts: 16977
  • Karma: 378
  • #ImissAmerica
    • Journey to Greener Pastures
Re: black soldier fly auto chicken feeder
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2013, 05:46:32 PM »
I would like to bump this question.  I am in CO and I'm wondering if I would have any luck with this.
I plan to buy a starter from a local guy http://www.northwestredworms.com/Pages/Blacksoldierfly.aspx