Maggots and Chooks

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  1. pebble

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    Just seen this great post on farmlet.co.nz showing possum-generated maggots and young chooks going mad for them. Good explanation of the set up too.

    https://farmlet.co.nz/?p=374
     
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    Oh Pebble, we LIKE our possums in Australia. I know you kiwis don't ... was there a follow-up on the smell?
     
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    Very interesting! I wonder if there is an alternative here? Feral cats maybe?
     
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    Rabbit and roo roadkill would be my pick if I lived in Oz. I thought rabbit and possum roadkill here would be easier than shooting some.

    I think they just posted today, so it might be a few days before the follow-up on the smell. I know there's been a few convos here about growing maggots for chooks, and thought this was a useful resource. Hopefully they'll post more.
     
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    They've done a good update on the system especially the smell.
     
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    give it a go

    Hi all

    I ran over a rabbit on tuesday and picked it up on the way home. As it had been a hot day the flies had already worked their magic. With many questions from the three year old i got a 20l bucket and drilled holes in the lid bottom and sides put in some shredded paper the rabbit more paper and hung the bucket up in the chook shed. today Thursday it was raining maggots into the chook yard with the girls desperate to get at them. i put the kids blue shell pool under it to keep catching them after the girls had gone to bed for the night. It has been very warm for this time of year and there is hardly any smell even from inside the chook yard when me and the kids went to look at the raining maggots today.

    i would encourage everyone with chooks to set one up free food and keeps the chooks active and alert took maybe five minutes from start to finish to set up and works great.
     
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    Cool. Good to hear you got it to work so easily.
     

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