birds and bees

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fratmor, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. fratmor

    fratmor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    This will be the first spring that I will have my chickens ,I have a bee problem in my yard near the coop, every spring bees pop up out of the ground buy the time summer comes around they are gone. Will they bite the chickens or will the chickens eat them if I let the girls out of there run?
  2. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    Hmmmmmm.... sounds like a hornet's nest [​IMG] They can be very vicious! One bit (yes, they bit) and the others will bit there too, because of a scent they leave behind. It is not out of the question to lose a bird to hornets [​IMG]
  3. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dacono, CO
    Quote:actually that's not necessarily true. there are ground bees that make their nest in the ground. Not all do it in a tree or a box [​IMG] Not saying your wrong, just offering an alternate
  4. HeritageHens

    HeritageHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2010
    There are lots of bees that live in the ground and they aren't all vicious (although I did get stung two years ago 5 times when I disturbed a nest in the ground). When my chickens saw their very first bee, it became a prized morsel of food. There are very few places that a bee could actually sting a chicken that I wouldn't worry about it. I'm all for letting nature do it's own thing without human interference and especially without chemicals. And yes, I left the bee nest alone. They all moved elsewhere last summer.
  5. janespromos

    janespromos Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2010
    I'm a beekeeper as well as a slave to the hens, and if the "bees" are coming out of the ground, they are more than likely ground wasps and not true bees. It is a never ending exasperation to explain to people that not all flying insects are "bees."

    My husband used to get walloped every time he mowed the grass in certain spots. We thought we found where they were coming from, but there were actually several colonies. We were able to get rid of them by hanging a lure for them. I'm pretty sure we got it from Lowes for less than $10. It uses a bait that smells like rotting meat but I couldn't smell it at all. Our honeybees never went near it, and by the end of the 1st season, we no longer had any problems with the wasps.

    If I might inject a word of caution: Someone on my bee forum kept her hens in the same area as her hives. Normally the bees won't bother the hens, but she decided to inspect during what we call "dearth," i.e. little or no nectar sources coming in. During dearth, bees generally react the same way they would if a bear were invading their honey stores. The bees attacked her and the nosy hens by clustering around the eyes and combs to sting. She lost half her flock that way, and vowed to put the girls up the next time she worked the bees.
  6. fratmor

    fratmor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2010
    Janespromos, They have lived on my lawn for several years now and i keep out of there way when they are out they come out of the grown making mounts around the opening , I have watched them go in and out . not sure what they are but they look like giant bees(like a honey bee) to someone who knows nothing about bee keeping.what do you think?
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    could they be yellow jackets they nest in the ground?
  8. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Agree with Ms. Lydia...maybe yellow jackets?

    Anyway, if you do HAVE to get rid of them for the danger to your chickens, my Dad always waited until after dark and poured about a 12 oz coke bottle's worth of gasoline down the hole. Sounds inhumane, but that's what he did. If anyone else has alternative advice, by all means, use it and mine as a last resort...

    Good luck and stay safe!
  9. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    My chickens eat the yellow jackets by biting their heads off first, but I don't know what they'd do with a whole nest [​IMG]
  10. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2010
    NE Minnesota
    The bug on the left is a miner bee. It's a gentle bee that lives under ground. It's pretty hard to make them mad. The guy on the right is a wasp. They come in a lot of different colors, but that's the shape. They are the more aggressive ones. So, which is it?

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011

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