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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum as of today. I started a little farm in my apartment together with my girlfriend maybe two months ago. Most of the original larvae have now metamorphosed and some small new larvae have been hatched. I'm based in Malmö, Sweden.My first goal is to be able to produce some food for our family, but long term I would love to go industrial with this. My focus is the make the process as efficient as possible.
After going through your great forum I have a few questions.
There seems to be lots of talk about separating frass from substrate/larva. How important is that? We have had our larva in the same substrate (with no removal of frass) for more than a month and they seem to be doing fine. Maybe beginners luck, what do I know.
We use wheat flour for substrate. We started with oats but found it incredibly tim consuming to separate the puppaes. Using flour we can easily sieve out the substrate, remove the pupae and put the larvae back into the substrate. How come no one else seems to use wheat flour?
How long do you keep the beetles? Until they die? Do they mate and lay eggs several times?
About the bag design. That is only for the last stage, right? I see very little about the other stages such as separating pupae from larvae and beetles from larvae. I guess that these stages will have considerable fewer iduviduals though, so maybe it's smart to focus on the last stage. For me who hasn't really reached the last stage yet it all seems to be about seperating pupae and beetles, but I guess that will change...
And one comment in all friendliness. My impression is that you focus to much on cheap material. In the long run labour cost will be the biggest expense. I believe creating a setup that requires minimal work is key to make bug production economically sustainable, even if it takes a little investment to reach there.
thanks, and hope we'll get to know each other better over the coming period :)