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 Grubs not climbing 
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Post Grubs not climbing
HI,

So I was very excited to have found grubs in my worm bin. Right after, I puchased a BSFL composter to fascilitate collecting them to feed my chickens. I notice at first i was a getting about 10-15 grubs in my canister but now i noticed that they are not climbing up them ramp at all! They are all in the large bin. What am I doing wrong?
TIA


Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:59 am
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Hi TIA,

Do you have a lot of dark (mature) larvae?

If so, you can make them crawl out by briefly flooding/draining your composter.

Keep in mind that development often happens in waves, probably more in a new system.

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Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:07 pm
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I wouldn't say a lot, but yes tgey are dark grubs. Should I drain it with dawn like you suggested on your post?
I'm also finding small maggot looking ones in my harvesting canister.

Tia


Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:53 am
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The soap was only to cut the pine resin. Water alone should start migration. Just close the drain, fill to the top of the waste, and wait a few minutes before opening the drain.

Leave the drain open for a while, or at least come back a little later to drain more liquid as it accumulates.

I aim the drain hose through a kitchen mesh strainer to catch the larvae that get washed out. I normally set the strainer on a 5 gallon bucket to make it easier.

Don't worry about other species; it's common to have them until you get a dense colony of BSF larvae.

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Ok, now I have a new issue. I cannot keep my larvae contained! They crawl through every possible corner.
What can I do?


Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:26 am
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It's much easier to help if you can provide clear close-up photos of the larvae.

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Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:32 am
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It was the young, tiny, yellow ones. It seems like I sokved my problem. I just added a bit more bedding.
Check out the queen I spotted!


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It won't let me post pics via phone!


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