Electric bug zappers??? A good idea in the run area or not?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by colebarnhart, May 27, 2011.

  1. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    I can't find anything on Electric bug zappers, but I thought that if I hung one up in my run area that the bugs would die then fall and the chix could eat them. Plus I could avoid fly catchers and etc. The spot I'm thinking of hanging it wouldn't be a potential touching hazzard for the girls. So any thoughts good or bad????
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I wouldn't, unless they could never touch it.
  3. Tat2d

    Tat2d In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2011
    Conroe Texas
    I thought about it but wasnt sure how they would do with that light on all night and all the zapping sounds. I am way too lazy to go out there and turn it off and on as needed. I have a couple acre pond around 100 feet from the coop so I get a lot of buggies flying around in there starting at dusk.
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    What if you set it up outside and made a bug funnel into the coop?
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I think it's a great idea. I had one in my yard for years. I big toad took up residence at the base of it and just got huge. Heck he didn't even have to move to get feed.
  6. P-Funk

    P-Funk Songster

    Feb 20, 2011
    It's the time of year for moths here. The girls, bless their hearts, pounce on them whenever they get within 3 feet of the floor. There is an electric bug zapper in the garage. Sounds like an odd place but that's where they get in the house from. It has LED's in it and a fan that sucks them in, so there is no real zapping going on. I would steer clear of an actual zapper in the coop.
  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Probably be safer and have fatter bird by dangling a bug attracting colored light just off the floor and let the girls do the work
  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
  9. clayhill

    clayhill Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    Lee County, Arkansas
    I have two and they love 'em! That's the first place they head for in the mornings. Got to have their "tasty-fried-bug fix"!!!
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Those of you who expressed concern about the safety of bug zappers around your chickens should consider putting it on a timer. The bug zapper won't come on til after dark when you birds have gone to roost.

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