Bees & hornets

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by roosterjack, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. roosterjack

    roosterjack In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2007
    Well, my chicks are now 8 weeks old and about to venture out in to the real world of living in a new coop and pen. As I'm nearing completion of the coop and trying to cover all the potential predator & pest problems one thing just occurred to me. Are bees and hornets a problem to be reckoned with or will the chickens just eat them? These insects seem to be more than plentiful in our area and will nest in every place that is available to them, and the open rafter area in my coop looks like an invitation for the little pests.
    Any comments will be appreciated.
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I've never seen my hens eat a bee or a wasp but Obelisk did bite the head off an ant and eat the rest of it...
    Stupid the cat eats bumblebees...[​IMG]
    I think the feathers might be a protection if they swarmed...
  3. MarkR

    MarkR Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Ivy, Virginia
    I keep bees as well, right next to my coop. It's not an issue.

    By the way, you won't find mellower bees outside of a swarm. When they swarm they're looking for a home, and will not be defensive.


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