May 6, 2012 at 2:48 am #256933
In Australia, maggots are a huge issue. where I live things die all the time and the bodies just lay to rot with maggot infestation and then we have flys in the house. I am thinking how I can harvest them from around the farm for my chooks etc. just get into the carcass and pluck them out – I dont think so yuck..
On top of that we dont have bin collection. So our rubbish goes into the incinerator or hole in the ground ready to bury. I want to learn how to make the most of decomposition.May 6, 2012 at 2:49 am #524018
If you dont out here – as is my problem right now. A turtle moved into the human tip hole and now we cant cover it because I am a softy. any ideas would be welcome.May 6, 2012 at 4:09 am #524019BlueWrenMember
……..excuse me asking….but near Toowoomba, just what things die all the time…….??? 🙂 Road kill?May 6, 2012 at 9:43 am #524020AnonymousGuest
can you bury the dead creatures in the gardens? doesn’t have to be deep so plantings later on will benefit, we sued to do that this then minimises your problem.
also had a friend who liked maggots in his tumble composter (he didn’t use the tumble action and left lid open) they broke down the material and provided lots of juice for the gardens, looks yucky but nature can be. we liked them in our nature-loo toilet (teh soldier fly ones) they broke down the material extremely well and quicker.
if you don’t have a garden ready or vacant then bury the material where you are going to build a new garden or plant fruit trees.
with the compost method some of that material could go to the chooks as well and they can further value add.
there is a soldier fly thread in the group mentions building a device to grow the maggots and feed the chooks.
lenMay 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #524021IdunaMember
If your talking about blow fly maggots for something like fishing, all you need is a fish head, hang it up and give it a few days.July 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm #524022
yeah there are those haha… but I would not say ‘all the time’ that was an exaggeration coming from a city girl gone country. Its funny hearing your words reflected back at you haha. Things like when a sheep/beast is slaughtered, there is the left over bits. Then you may have a sheep die for whatever reason. Then the hunting of vermin such as foxes etc. Sometimes a chook will fall off its perch. That sort of thing. seems like a waste to not use it for something beneficial.July 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm #524023S.O.PMember
Yes, check out (I think) Backyard Aquaponics for a thread where a Tasmanian (I think!) who doesn’t get BSF, uses maggots to process roadkill, the fish, whatever for a protein source for his fish.
It can be done, especially when BSF die down in Winter.July 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm #524024MuklukParticipant
I have heard of people making a maggotry to feed poultry. I think they get a bucket, drill some holes in it, put road kill or offal or whatever in it and suspend the thing above the chook run. They say that it works well.
I am under the impression that botulism is the only real issue you may face in setting up a maggotry. I have not tried it myself, I am tempted but can not afford to lose any animals if things go wrong.July 23, 2012 at 1:26 am #524025MiaowzenMember
I’ve read a blog post about the maggots in a bucket from road kill. The trick is to skin the dead animal as much as possible so that the maggots fall out of the holes easily. Apparently it worked amazingly and the chickens would jump up to catch the falling maggots.July 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm #524026GKindredMember
I’ve used maggots to feed my fish in my aquaponics system.
I have also seen YouTube videos of using maggots as extra feed for chickens.July 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm #524027AndreKeymaster
I was going to suggest – for a direct use of maggots, to feed them to chooks or fish ..
For the carcass – burying it in the garden is the unadulterated version of good ‘ol Blood and Bone.
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