Originally Posted by FlyGap
Missy, can you feed them fresh(ish) manure? Just curious because I don't have a clue! Any tips? What are you raising them in? (I may have asked you this already, but I know you know I'm a scatter brain! Sorry!!)
OMG! This is an honor! Fly asked me
something on the garden thread!!!!
It makes me feel all bubbly!
Yeah, you can "feed" them fresh poo, contrary to popular belief, but always put a bit of "home material" with them.
This is what I do:
Prepare a breeding container.
Start with a container of manure that is well on its way to "composted". I use an old water trough for this.
You can buy worms, but I imagine where you live you can just find them in garden or ground (?). Dig a little "pit" in your composted manure and put the worms in the pit along w some nice rich dirt. They will eventually disperse into the compost. They don't breed like flies, but they will multiply pretty quickly. So, the more you start with the faster your supply of worms will grow. For reference, I started w a pound. After a while your container will have ooooodles of worms and cocoons in it.
Add worms to fresh poop.
I put my fresh horse poop in 4'x4'x4' wooden containers w one side "open" so that I can slide boards into it as it fills. I don't see why you couldn't just put the manure in a pile, but I have to add water so I like to keep it "contained". And, containers reduce the surface area to poop ratio. I do this for fly control and poop disposal. You, on the other hand, could actually use the finished product. ****I am cupping my ear listening for, "poor, poor missy"** Anyway, keep the fresh poo damp. Once it gets a foot or so deep, dig a few little pits of a volume about equal to that of a 3 lb coffee can, and fill the pits w some worms from your "breeding container" along w lots
of "home material" from same. Cover the filled in pits w a layer of the fresh poo. Just keep doing that as you fill the "big" container (or free standing pile, whatnot). NO further composting effort necessary. They will do all
the work for you!
Every so often, top your "breeding container" back off w fresh poop to keep the little buggers happy. I actually try to move the old material to one side, and fill the other half once the container is half full or so.
I try to overfill the big containers b/c the material will really
"sink". It will reduce the original volume to less than a fifth or so. Bonus..the worked and finished product has no odor at all.
A friend of mine just digs pits (for containers) in TN , I don't know if your ground is soft enough to do that. ?
Don't ever drown the littly guys...but always make sure the poop is pretty damp. Here that is a chore, but I imagine where you live it wouldn't be.
Here are some photos of my garden making material.
Poop bins: Photo046.jpg
Near finished material (it is not all castings, but pretty close). The bright sun makes it look light..it is actually black. Photo047.jpg
Here is my standing stallion worm, an own son of Fuzzy Wuzzy. Photo048.jpg