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Old 08-09-2010, 07:05 PM
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How to catch House flys for food.

Ok here is my gift to you! If you really want to catch a bunch of flys this is how I do it. I take a 5 gal bucket and put a plastic bag in it. Tape the bag around the top after you fold it over rim to keep the opening as bis and tight to the bucket as possible and so wind cant blow bag around being this is going to be outside. Fill bucked just a little bit covering the complete bottom with fish heads and guts after your fishing trip.( You can use dog pooh in a bind) Place loaded bucket in open sunny area for an hour or more. Have a plastic container that can fit inside the bucket as tight as possible that has a lid ready to go . When ready walk up to bucket quiet with container in one hand and lid in the other. Quickly put the open side of the container part way into the bucket and kick the bucket 1 or 2 times.( make sure you don't touch the stuff in the bottom of the bucket with the container.No need to make a mess!) The flys will always fly up. Raise up the container and place lid on from the bottom as quick as possible.
Now to feed take container and get it in the cage from the lowest door and open lid holding container above door opening while opening. Remember flys will always fly up.

I caught near a hundred flys in one pass. I would let some get out if you have too many to feed.

Remember you could end up with a bucket of maggots in a few days with fish heads. So get rid if it before the end of secound day or else!
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:11 PM
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a great idea...

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Personally, I wouldnt use wild caught flies. possible parasite or bacteria issue.
Wild caught flies: Safe for chameleons to eat?
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Personally, I wouldnt use wild caught flies. possible parasite or bacteria issue.
Wild caught flies: Safe for chameleons to eat?
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What about wild caught maggots? Just curious, because I swept up several hundred from under my garbage can and placed them in containers with aspen fiber. They are now flies, flying around and well gutloaded and making more maggots. Are these safe to feed w/o risk of parasites? Thanks
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What about wild caught maggots? Just curious, because I swept up several hundred from under my garbage can and placed them in containers with aspen fiber. They are now flies, flying around and well gutloaded and making more maggots. Are these safe to feed w/o risk of parasites? Thanks
I honestly dont know for sure. But I personally would think that your semi-captive flies would be safer. At least you know what they're eating.

I've read several people blame wc flies for coccidia and other nasties. But I also read a thread where Dave Weldon once did a fecal test from an animal that had eaten wild flies, and found nothing problematic. I've sent him a PM to ask if a follow-up test was also good, or if he has done or heard of any other testing. It would be nice to have conclusive answers about wild flies, one way or the other.

I do know you can easily buy captive cultures that have no risk associated with them, and that seems a good way to go.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:40 PM
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Well I dont worry about it. I don't see bugs being regulated by the FDA
and I even heard of sick raised crickets.
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Your best bet would be to catch wild flies, let them lay eggs, get rid of the wild flies before the eggs hatch, let the eggs hatch, start a culture. I don't think there are any parasites that would pass through eggs. I wouldn't use fish guts. There has to be something better.... Sounds like a safe bet I guess.
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I don't see bugs being regulated by the FDA
...There are Pros and Cons to everthing.
actually, I believe the FDA does indeed regulate bugs - they decide how much can bug and fecal matter can be in human food dont they? LOL

Definately pros and cons to everything. Agreed. I use some wild caught feeders. I get fecals done regularily to mitigate risk.
But wild flies arent going to be something I add to the mix anytime soon.
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Definately pros and cons to everything. Agreed. I use some wild caught feeders. I get fecals done regularily to mitigate risk.
But wild flies arent going to be something I add to the mix anytime soon.
I agree, flies are known to carry parasites, so why take the risk in order to save a few bucks? You won't be saving anything when you have to go to the vet, and now you've risked your cham's life.
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I honestly dont know for sure. But I personally would think that your semi-captive flies would be safer. At least you know what they're eating.

I've read several people blame wc flies for coccidia and other nasties. But I also read a thread where Dave Weldon once did a fecal test from an animal that had eaten wild flies, and found nothing problematic. I've sent him a PM to ask if a follow-up test was also good, or if he has done or heard of any other testing. It would be nice to have conclusive answers about wild flies, one way or the other.

I do know you can easily buy captive cultures that have no risk associated with them, and that seems a good way to go.
Well, the original flies were long gone. All I got were the larva or maggots, and once they turned to flies they have been eating fresh fruit and vegtables, like carrots, apples, oranges etc. I dont want to risk parasites at all, so do you recommend I just toss the flies to be safe? Is it possible for the fly larva to start with parasites? I am just trying to do more research before I start feeding them.
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