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 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Green Bottle Fly larvae and others in my BSFL bin

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:08 pm 

Replies: 6
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With the drier environment the larvae seem content to not crawl off and instead pupate in the frass. That would seem to me to be a bad thing. My purpose is to feed the chickens. We have a large wild population, so it doesn't matter if none pupate from the bin. Also, the grubs are so good at getting...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Waxy residue

 Post subject: Re: Waxy residue
Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:22 am 

Replies: 5
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I get coffee grounds from Starbucks when I'm in Hilo , but that's a 45 minute drive one way, so it's not that often. Also, there are a lot of farmers after it, so they often don't have any. I like that I can give my worms just cardboard if I run out of other things. I haven't needed to do the cardbo...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Waxy residue

 Post subject: Re: Waxy residue
Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:06 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 4041

I'm on a 22 acre farm on the Big Island of Hawaii that the former owners planted with various trees, including about 5 jack fruit trees. Most of them don't taste as good as one in particular, so I get the bad ones for the grubs. The JF season is almost over and I'm not sure how I'm going to keep up ...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Waxy residue

 Post subject: Re: Waxy residue
Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:01 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 4041

I take it that no one else has this problem or they would have said so. I guess it's peculiar to jack fruit. I suppose I'll find out for sure when the jack fruit season ends. Susan

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Waxy residue

 Post subject: Waxy residue
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:01 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 4041

I have a weird yellowish, greyish, greenish waxy residue that's getting on everything inside my bin. I don't know if it's normal for BSFL bins or because I mostly feed it jack fruit which has some really sticky latex like material. It gets on my hands and I've had to use a degreaser to clean my hand...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:14 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 5751

I like the idea of the towel to prevent the larvae from escaping. Some folks use wood chips for the same purpose I saw that before and tried it. I had trouble separating the larvae from the wood chips, though. I don't really want to throw all those wood chips around the chicken yard. I now use pape...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: No crawl off

 Post subject: Re: No crawl off
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:03 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 3641

Also, it's easier for them to climb out if the bedding they're in is moist. I can't tell for sure, but yours looks pretty dry. I've found they can easily climb vertically in a new (very smooth) bucket if they're wet. Not if they're dry.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: BSF not mating?

 Post subject: Re: BSF not mating?
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:00 pm 

Replies: 2
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Two clusters means 1-2 thousand eggs. It takes a lot of time. I know I got very impatient for the first 3 or 4 months. The adults are attracted to the smell of eggs and larvae eating. It may take a while, but in 6 months you'll look back and be amazed how many you have. I didn't feed any of the larv...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:51 pm 

Replies: 8
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It sounds like you're recommending I have a lid on the tote. I hadn't thought of that. I planned on finding an old, perhaps damaged tote somewhere on the farm and using that. I thought if I put some old towel down around the bucket, I'd dry them off as they came down the bucket and prevent them from...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:41 pm 

Replies: 8
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Susan I'm very small scale (apartment). My main bin is a storage tote with a margarine tub for the larvae. When the tub is full of frass I transfer about half of it to another tub which is kept in an ice cream pail with a lid. I check that daily and transfer any larvae that have crawled out the tub...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:02 pm 

Replies: 8
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Yeah, I've been in to worming for about 20 years and did it indoors in my studio apt. (I did let it go anaerobic as a newbie, but only ONCE!) I married a farmer on the Big Island (I was living on Oahu) and now I'm helping around the farm and feeding the chickens with grubs and worms as well as contr...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using Jackfruit in my BSFL bin

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:16 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 5751

A number of posts recommend Jackfruit. It indeed is something they seem to like a LOT, but it creates a LOT of frasse. Since I'm in a tropical area, (Hawaii, Big Island), I don't have the winter to clean out my bin and the fruit are HUGE. Does anyone have any recommendations on dealing with the fras...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Green Bottle Fly larvae and others in my BSFL bin

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:10 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 3612

I'd like to ask if there's anything I should or even can do about controlling the green bottle flies. I've learned to distinguish between their eggs and BSFL eggs, so I get rid of their eggs. I still have lots of larvae that aren't BSFL in my bin. One in particular doesn't look like the pictures of ...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Using mostly UCG?

 Post subject: Using mostly UCG?
Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 5:42 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 2583

I added a large bag of Starbuck's used coffee grounds to my bin before leaving for a week. My numerous grubs don't seem to be eating it and congregate around any other foods that I add now that I'm back. I live on an intentional community/farm where the chickens get whatever we don't eat and the wor...

 Forum: Buzz   Topic: BSF videos

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:14 pm 

Replies: 29
Views: 28525

Newbie here - what is the purpose of doing this? Will the products be made in to some food source? Just curious.

 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Does this set up sound like it will work?

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:41 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3519

Can you give me an idea of which kind of food produces which kind of frass? My lechate collection bucket does develop a quarter inch of stuff. Finer than sand. It has to be rinsed out of the bucket. My worm bin never did this. My thought is that the stuff at the very bottom won't matter much since I...

 Forum: D-I-Y BSF Bioconversion Units   Topic: Does this set up sound like it will work?

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:35 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 3519

I designed my bin after NWRedworms in his youtube post "How to set up and run a black soldier fly larvae bin". It's got drainage. I'm now going to put lava rocks (aprox 2-3" diameter) on the bottom 6 inches or so, then hardware cloth (to keep the rest of the stuff 'up'. Then a combina...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Getting from eggs to pupae

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:26 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 3032

Just in case there's any newbies looking at my post because of the subject line - My only conclusion is that winter is not the right time to start a bin. Even in Hawaii. The temperatures have been getting down to 60 degrees F!! (SHOCK) Probably more relevantly, we had about 2 months with 4 to 12 inc...

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: BSF as a carrier

 Post subject: Re: BSF as a carrier
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:12 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 7239

Truly gross. I hope I never see it. I hope you find a solution or that the problem resolves itself. I had little red mites like that in my worm bin about 10 years ago when it was too wet and I was still a learner. The bin didn't have drainage. I've never done that again.

 Forum: Trouble Shooting   Topic: Getting from eggs to pupae

 Post subject: Getting from eggs to pupae
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:05 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 3032

Since I messed up my first try (see previous post - 'Should I start over?'), I am starting again, but again having problems. I've got LOTS of eggs, both those tucked inside the little cubbyholes of cardboard that was suspended over the bin and ones I scraped off the sides and roof of the grub bin. I...
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