Chickens good pest control?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsechick, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    Have heard that chickens, if allowed to free range, are good at eating pests, spiders, ticks etc.
    Would you say they keep those populations down, or did you notice it at all?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Probably depends on how many you have roaming around. Ours eat anything that moves in the grass and some that do not move. In the past two weeks I have seen them with at least 5 baby snakes. If they weighed 200 pounds they would eat you. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2007
  3. SillyChick

    SillyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2007
    Yes, my chickens(and chicks) keep good-for-nothing insects of our backyard at bay. [​IMG]

    But I heard Guinea Fowls are very good pest controllers: They eat snakes, big bugs(and small) and many other pests. But, they think of themselves as dogs, so be careful! [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mine have caught and killed at least three rats and four mice! [​IMG] Who knows how many they've caught and eaten that I don't know about.
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    We have a mouse living in the coop - i WISH someone would take care of it...............
  6. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    in the areas where the birds can get, there is not one single grasshopper this summer except for when they jump through the fence as i'm chasing them on the other side.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    My chickens have decreased over all bugs but the flies have increased. :p

    I can't really expect 20-30 birds to be able to take care of all the bugs out here... it's kind of big for them to keep control of it all and more can always come out of the woods.
  8. buc

    buc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Quote:You heard right, they eat a lot of bugs during the year, I allow mine to go in the garden and they really clean up, when the CO potato bug larva came on my plants they ate them ever day until they were gone. I have also seen them kill mice.
  9. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Quote:The guineas are Very good bug patrol, I free range all my birds, but the guineas police the yard best. I havent seen near the number of ticks that we had in previous years. Being in scouts on any trip we took the Ticks were bad, but at home have had no problems.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2007
  10. chixrme

    chixrme Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2007
    Eastern Shore of VA
    Correct on the guineas! We have 56 running around and they patrol about 20-25 acres, staying within relative short distance of their fav roosts (the pines over the coop I raised them in.) No ticks around the house and barns and our tenant houses - within that 20+acre area. My chickens also eat anything moving...but I can't let them groom the garden as they indiscriminately eat my veggies. However, the guineas eat all tomato horn worms etc without touching the crops. I haven't used any Sevin dust etc since the first batch matured a couple of gardens ago. And I love to hear them bicker.

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