Pond Boss Magazine
http://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
Groundhawg, DanDeub, ronman, Mike Shaw, KMP
15545 Registered Users
Forum Stats
15545 Members
36 Forums
35803 Topics
487406 Posts

Max Online: 1039 @ 03/28/13 02:44 PM
Top Posters
esshup 24028
Cecil Baird1 20043
ewest 19409
Dave Davidson1 13486
Bill Cody 12412
Who's Online
5 registered (wbuffetjr, Flame, NEDOC, rjackson, john kelsey), 144 Guests and 464 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
#92692 - 10/17/06 11:21 AM Raising maggots
Norm Kopecky Offline
Lunker

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 764
Loc: Sioux Falls, SD
We used to raise maggots. The problem we ran into was that the small reptiles and birds didn't eat them all and we had flies everywhere. That's when we changed to raising mealworms.

Maggots are the larvae of the common house fly. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need rotten meat to raise them.

We used plastic tubs with a 6-7 inch lip without the lid on. Then we mixed one gallon of wheat bran with 1/2 cup of powered milk. We added enough water so that the mixture was moist but not wet enough that water settled out of the mixture. The flies would lay their eggs in this mixture.

It took 7 days to produce a crop so we had 7 tubs and kept a rotation going. A gallon of bran would produce about a pint of very clean, disease free maggots. We used a household seeve to harvest the maggots. The must be harvested at the end of 7-8 days or they will become adult flies.
_________________________
Norm Kopecky

Top
#92693 - 10/17/06 01:29 PM Re: Raising maggots
jg74 Offline
Member

Registered: 09/15/06
Posts: 36
Loc: Spencer Indiana
Interesting what did you use the maggots for?

Top
#92694 - 10/17/06 08:00 PM Re: Raising maggots
Norm Kopecky Offline
Lunker

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 764
Loc: Sioux Falls, SD
We fed them to small finches which then fed them to their babies. Too many flies around the place made us go to mealworms.
_________________________
Norm Kopecky

Top
#92695 - 10/25/06 07:45 AM Re: Raising maggots
cliffbrook Offline
Lunker

Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 274
Loc: Marshall County Iowa
has anybody put roadkill on platform above pond to get maggots to grow and fall into pond?

Top
#92696 - 10/25/06 08:29 AM Re: Raising maggots
Theo Gallus Offline
Moderator
Lunker

Registered: 05/14/04
Posts: 12373
Loc: Central Ohio
I have spousal permission to do that after the divorce, if I'm lucky enough to end up with the pond. ;\)
_________________________
"Live like you'll die tomorrow, but manage your grass like you'll live forever."
-S. M. Stirling

Top
#92697 - 10/25/06 09:59 AM Re: Raising maggots
Norm Kopecky Offline
Lunker

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 764
Loc: Sioux Falls, SD
cliffbrook, how would you get the maggots to fall into the water? The only thing I can think of is hanging the animal by a wire over the water.
_________________________
Norm Kopecky

Top
#92698 - 10/25/06 12:05 PM Re: Raising maggots
dave in el dorado ca Offline
Ambassador
Lunker

Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 3261
Loc: el dorado ca
ahhh yes, roadkill on a platform....one of the best old maggot farming techniques around \:D \:D

 Quote:
Originally posted by Theo Gallus:
I have spousal permission to do that after the divorce, if I'm lucky enough to end up with the pond. ;\)
she let me spend our money to dig the pond out,
she let me hire a hydroseeder,
she let me buy an aerator,
raising maggots for free?????......i hear ya theo \:D \:D \:D

as it is now i have to keep my crawlers in a separate fridge \:\)

sorry norm, i understand the whole concept, but the topic and ensuing posts just hit my funny bone this morning.......
_________________________
GSF are people too!


Top
#92699 - 10/25/06 12:54 PM Re: Raising maggots
trialsguy Offline
Lunker

Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 794
Loc: Mo.
I would think that you could hang it over the water as usally the maggots get to overflowing there meal. And look at it as a trespasser detterent, can you imagine what somebody thought if they saw animal carcasses hanging around a pond? Some sort of voodoo sacrifices going on!
_________________________
A little snow, Please!

Top
#92700 - 10/25/06 01:16 PM Re: Raising maggots
dave in el dorado ca Offline
Ambassador
Lunker

Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 3261
Loc: el dorado ca
i think yer on to something there trialsguy. in fact yesterday evening i took a little walk and found a dead coyote down in our creek below the pond.....that would be a good start although he's gettin old, maggots are probably through with him....we routinely see, find, or smell a dead something (deer, racoon, turkey) and could have quite an array on posts around the pond \:D \:D .......kinda like in the old tarzan movies when they enter a cannible tribal area.....

edited post....hey jeff, can i get a farmers tax allowance for raising maggots as fish food?
_________________________
GSF are people too!


Top
#92701 - 10/25/06 01:16 PM Re: Raising maggots
bz Offline
Lunker

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 844
Loc: Minnesota
I have regularly done this, we call it a maggot pole. I stick a pole out over the water with a basket hanging from it. In the basket you place your road kill. The maggots will grow to full size amidst the succulant road kill and then they will crawl out and head downward in an attempt to find dirt to burrow into. They normally burrow into the ground where they turn into a fly. However instead of finding ground they fall into the pond. Works great if you can stand the smell. My basket is made from plain old expanded diamond steel mesh. You can also mount a basket or platform of the same material on a post out in the water. I have been accused of weird sacrificial acts over my pond.
_________________________
Gotta get back to fishin!

Top

Today's Birthdays
don reynolds, FRPeeps, TimBar
Recent Posts
Chronicles of stocking Hybrid Striped Bass......
by NEDOC
10 minutes 43 seconds ago
A pond dedicated to Redear Sunfish
by NEDOC
14 minutes 34 seconds ago
Brown floating guck new pond
by JEB
Today at 06:36 AM
Building new forage mini pond
by Clay N' Pray
Today at 05:34 AM
EasyPro Aerator
by snrub
Yesterday at 10:27 PM
questions on siphon system
by Mike Shaw
Yesterday at 09:30 PM
Bill D
by Bob-O
Yesterday at 08:13 PM
Setterguy
by FireIsHot
Yesterday at 06:58 PM
Leyland Cypress for Structure
by KMP
Yesterday at 06:52 PM
Anchor Worm Problems
by DanDeub
Yesterday at 04:57 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
CNBG
My Best Longear so far
Help ID this fish
Crayfish monster.
Turkey Pics
Question on pond draining

2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide