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camphor and feed bins, experiences ?

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Has anyone used camphor,  the kind of thing that apparently kills cloths moths, to kill weevils in wheat bins ? how have you found it and does it effect the chickens in your experience ? Are there factual studies to say if camphor is nontoxic or problematic and if it effects food.

 

I have been trying out different things in the fed bins, lack of oxygen to kill them using candles, it annoys the weevils and brings them to the top but doesn't mop up enough oxygen to kill the pests. Also an open bottle of methelated spirits, has a similar effect, and not successful. camphor at the moment looks interesting, they seem to fall down right under it, so probably could be used as a trap of some kind. It has a stronger effect than the others.

 

Apart from these methods, I'm just going to consider nuking the lot by bagging it into plastic and putting it a few days in the freezer which can't hurt it at all. Was looking for someone who has experience and success, please put speculation elsewhere.

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I wouldn't want to use it near food;  there's probably a good reason it isn't used that way.  I want fresh feed, not bug infested stuff, so never store more than a couple of week's worth that's less than one month old from the mill, and in metal garbage cans.  I've never had an insect problem in my feed.  Mary

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I think a number of people add DE to the bins to kill the bugs. Won't hurt the chickens to be fed out and the bins are dry enough for the DE to work properly.
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DE will kill soft bodied insects in dry feed, but I'm not interested in inhaling the stuff, and don't need my chickens to inhale it either.  Mary

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yes, i'm not into diamaceous earth either. I understand that it is non-toxic, but I'd rather not spread it about.

 

The camphor is still not doing much. One of the local kids asked if it was a lolly inside ( the small holder for the camphor ).

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I wouldn't want to use it near food;  there's probably a good reason it isn't used that way. 

I'm looking at it a week later and I would guess the reason is 'it doesn't work'

 

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I want fresh feed, not bug infested stuff, so never store more than a couple of week's worth that's less than one month old from the mill, and in metal garbage cans.  I've never had an insect problem in my feed.  Mary

You cannot buy fresh feed all year round by definition, because it does not grow all year round. There is simply well stored feed. The problem with mine is that it is not sealed well in the first place. It was harvested and then popped in not very well sealed bins.

 

The chicks I have love to eat the weevils. They love them a lot. It wouldn't surprise me if the adults are too, but I haven't watched as close.

 

The weevils are only a minor problem, because just like giving food to mealworms so that you can give them to the chooks, they only eat a little. I'd just like to nuke them in longer term storage. If they eat and then fly away, that would be a loss.

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