Cockroach Trap: Catch and Feed.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dmanger, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. dmanger

    dmanger New Egg

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    Cockroaches are opportunists and chicken coops provide everything a roach could wish for (Shelter, food, water). Although chickens love to eat them, roaches are nocturnal so the two rarely cross paths and populations can easily grow. Being a great source of protein, it only makes sense to collect them for the chickens, rather than destroy them with no gains. In my shed where I store the chicken feed, I keep a tall jar. On the jar, I rub cooking oil on the inside rim and throw in some chicken feed. In the night, the roaches get stuck in the jar after feeding and I'll have 10-20 chicken-feed stuffed roaches for my chickens each
    morning. Just be sure you don't use pesticides around your home since they're going to your birds.
    American Cockroaches are 65% protein and packed with vitamin A and C.
    They're not indigenous to America and nymphs take 6-12 months to mature and once adults, they'll live another year.
    I've only been doing this for a short while so I'm excited to see if/when my cockroach population will collapse.

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  2. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The American Cockroach is not indigenous to America? That's surprising... wouldn't be the first incorrectly named animal though.
     
  3. Tamara119

    Tamara119 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea! I live where there are lots of earwigs, and the chickens love them. They, too, are nocturnal, so I was thinking I'd make some pitfall traps and collect 'em up! I like the idea of oil on the inside of the jar rim, I'll try that.
     

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