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Cockroaches getting in my chicken feeder at night.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chuckzoo, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I have cockroaches getting into my girls feeder at night and there are dropping in the feed. I am afraid they will get sick. How can I prevent this?[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2009
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Buy a brand new metal garbage can and keep the lid on it at all times.
     
  3. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think my chickens would love the supplemental protein, and I think they would get lots of exercise from chasing them around.

    I would get very grossed out from sticking my hand in to get feed and getting a handful of bugs. [​IMG]
     
  4. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    Put about 5-6 bay leaves and you wont be bothered.
    for a 50 lb.sack
    also keep the lid on. I use this method for all our
    human dry food stuff thats stored in my pantry.
    No flour bugs or anythiing..and borax all around the house
    keeps it all in check.
     
  5. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I have the chicken food in the house with no cockroaches. The problem is they are getting into the feeder that I have hanging in the run (under their coop) at night when the chickens are asleep upstairs in the coop.

    I don't want to take the feeder away at night because they get up at day break (before me) and start eating.
     
  6. Tweeza

    Tweeza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having the same problem in the rabbit barn.
     
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would buy a lot of cockroach traps. I can't think of anything else that would work without harming the chickens. Is the coop pretty air tight? You could relocate the chickens for a few days and take out the food and water and bedding and use one or 2 of those insect foggers. Then air it out for a day and put in new bedding and move waterer and feeder back inside. I don't think there would be too much residue. If you were concerned with the residue you could cover those things with news paper.

    I'm sure others will have more suggestions. Good luck.
     
  8. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the roaches harm the chickens?
     
  9. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roaches carry a lot of horrible diseases that affect other animals and people. Best to get rid of them.
     
  10. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    my chickens eat the large american ones(palmetto bugs)they love them,good protien and are still alive~
     

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