Here's my black soldier fly larvae setup.
1 large outer tub
1 smaller inner tub that can easily fit inside outer tub
1 small food storage container
Drill lots of drainage holes in the small tub in all but 1/4 of it on one end. On that end cut out a window (1" x 4").
Put food storage container in bottom of large outer tub.
Place smaller tub inside large tub, tilted, so that the window is over the small container underneath.
Fill small tub with black soldier fly larvae, dirt, food (I cleaned the pig troughs from the old food they didn't eat), and moist vegetables and/or fruits.
At the right stage the larvae instinctually crawl upwards and fall into the storage container. What's collected in that container is what the chickens will be fed. I keep the lid on the outer tub cracked so the flies can still access the area to lay their eggs, and so any that transform into flies can escape! So very cool! 🤓 Check out my story for the movement of the larvae in the tub! #buggeek#newmeaningtogrowyourown#blacksoldierflies#blacksoldierflylarvae#chickentreats#happychickens#fresheggs#rogerscreekfarm#blenheimsc
I knew we were in trouble after 2 hours had passed and she wasn't progressing. So we got her in the squeeze chute and got all the tools we'd need if/when necessary. After checking out exactly where the calf was, (yes, I put my hands in there) I was pleased to find it was in the birth canal, and front hooves and head we're in the correct position. I was also happy to discover the amniotic sac was still intact. After careful manipulation of the legs and head beyond the pelvic bone, it was a matter of waiting and hoping the mama would start pushing on her own. It became evident we needed to assist after a couple pushes and no progression. Plus the sac had broken making it more urgent to get that calf out. We use chains and handles to aid in pulling a calf. Trouble was there was still no presentation of hooves. So in I went again, up to my elbows to wrap the chains around the first leg joint. This was no easy task since there was no space to maneuver! So I did one leg. Hubs pulled with each contraction and kept tension on the chain so the calf didn't slip back in. Finally I was able to work the chain around the other leg.
We pulled together with each contraction to no avail. While hubs kept the chains taute I went in again to see if the head was getting hung up somewhere. Finally we we're able to see that little nose mouth and tongue. Several more pulls, with lots of pressure on the chains, out came a healthy bull calf. He went through a lot of trauma to come into this world so both he and mama are resting. Nice size fella and we feel confident he'll pull through and be just fine! Welcome to the farm, little guy!