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On the Japanese beetles, the traps work really well to attract them.......but then what? How many of those things can a bird eat with no harm to them? I know on the grubs, it's unlimited. I had a RIR helping me dig in the garden last fall and she must have downed 50 of them and was not slowing down. If there was a way to get the grubs to surface....maybe water in some cayenne pepper?........the chickens would clean them up as fast as they appeared.

 

We have swarms of the JB's and last year I trapped buckets of them....I was dumping 2 to 3 bag fulls per day. If a person had enough birds to deal with it, they could put the traps inside the coop or run and draw them in for the birds to eat. Don't know what that would do to their health or eggs.

 

I also have a theory on using the traps near a pond stocked with fish. Tie a trap with bag (bottom cut out of the bag) on a long pole to dangle the bottom of the bag at the surface of the water. JB's come to the trap, fall down into the bag......fall through the bag.......hit the water and the fish eat them? I don't have a pond, although there is one in a cattle pasture a few hundred yards away. Downside to that is it may be bad form to put a trap on a neighbor's property to draw the bugs to them.

 

Rule of thumb is on the JB traps........they work really well, so buy a dozen of them for each of your neighbors to put up and let the bugs go to them.

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Hi! New here! I am in Washington, MO, about an hour outside of St Louis. My first chicks arrive in the morning!!!
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Hi! New here! I am in Washington, MO, about an hour outside of St Louis. My first chicks arrive in the morning!!!

:frow hi welcome! 

one lonely poly guy, three pitbulls, an english bulldog, 15 acres and a tiny house.. Living the dream.. 
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one lonely poly guy, three pitbulls, an english bulldog, 15 acres and a tiny house.. Living the dream.. 
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I actually think that's a great idea for the pond! We have empty acreage on two sides of our property, I may have to sweet talk my husband into going into the brush to get traps out there away from all my plants. There are a few deer trails to a small creek and pond that might do the trick attracting them and keeping them AWAY. It probably would be pretty rude though to actually attract them to someone else's land. Maybe if you talked to your neighbor first about your theory?
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Hey - from St. Louis area. Just a backyard farmer wannabe, but love my chooks!

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Hey - from St. Louis area. Just a backyard farmer wannabe, but love my chooks!


Are you coming to my class at Meramec in the morning?


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 3/25/17 at 12:01am

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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I found Wellsummers at a farm store. Very much looking forward to chocolate brown eggs :)

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That's awesome! And down the street from me...there are so many chick raisers in this area. Hope there is a good turnout for you. Sounds like you have given the class a few times before.

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I'm sure I would learn some things, as I always do. I have another commitment tomorrow though.

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That's awesome! And down the street from me...there are so many chick raisers in this area. Hope there is a good turnout for you. Sounds like you have given the class a few times before.

Kirkwood, Webster and South St. Louis have huge numbers of chicken keepers.

I've presented the class all 3 semesters for about 6 years. I teach other more advanced classes there and have presented at other green venues like Gateway Greening, Missouri Botanical Garden and given a seminar on "Starting Right in Heritage Poultry" at the Midwest Heritage Poultry Conference.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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