Warning: images of larvae and rotten, moldy food can be found in this post.
Scroll down at your own peril.
I came across an interesting idea while I was researching aquaponics. Murray Hallam showed a device called a BioPod. It’s used as an incubator for black soldier flies. Specifically, a place to raise and harvest the larvae.
Chickens and ducks seem to love them. I know this because I saw it on YouTube.
Basically, the larvae feed on things like watermelon rinds and other veggie/grain/fruit material.
I don’t think the BioPod is big enough to meet the needs of the geese and chickens. I’ve decided to build a bigger incubator, like the ones I’ve seen on YouTube.
The plan is to try to raise a few larvae before I go completely crazy with another building project. I’ll try a 5 gallon bucket first.
An enterprising company sells the larvae as “Phoenix Worms”. You can find it here. I ordered the smallest amount of ‘worms that is offered. Supposedly there are 150 worms for $5.99 plus shipping.
I ordered on Sunday. The package shipped on Monday. I received it on Thursday. I didn’t count the worms. There were a lot.
See the orange bucket in the background. Yeah, I did a dumb thing there. More on that in a bit…
I ordered the extra small worms.
They’re tiny. Smaller than rice kernels.
So, rather than read the directions and let the critters grow in the tub they came in… I dumped them in my 5 gallon bucket.
I had some old potatoes in there. I also put in some leftover Vietnamese food in. Bad thing. There was a lot of vinegar and it nearly wiped out the worms.
Here they are now.
That’s a bunch of them on the potatoes. They’re about the size of 3 rice kernels. I’ve had them for less than two weeks.
Clearly, these larvae are tough enough to survive my mistakes.
Time to build a bigger incubator!