Feeding chickens Japanese Beetles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Newbees, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Newbees

    Newbees New Egg

    Jul 5, 2011
    My husband traps Japanese Beetles and feeds them to the chickens (and two mallard ducks). They love them. We were wondering if we should limit how much we give them. I assume bugs are "all you can eat" but want to be sure since we catch and feed them probably about a hundred beetles every day. Is this ok?
  2. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps


    They are a good source of protien. If the chickens get sick of them they wont eat them. MIne love japanese bettles but I dont feed them 100's a day. Maybe start them with 20 a day and see how it goes. If they beg for more and no one is dead then give them some more.
  3. annep

    annep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    Mine love them too, but how's he trapping them?
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Can you send your husband to my house to do some trapping??? Those things are eating everything here!!! [​IMG] My grapes, crabapple tree, they're even on the green beans in the garden (and they didn't touch those last year). I pick them off and feed them to the chickens too, but they're back as quick as I get rid of them.
  5. Matrix Escapee

    Matrix Escapee Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    Get a japanese beetle trap with a bag or canaster. Mine has a ziplock type bottom to the bag and I just unzip it and dump into one of my pens. 50-100 oriental beetles will disappear in about 5 seconds, all eaten by less than 20 of 75 birds. Been doing it for 3 weeks now with no problems. i do rotate the one trap that I have amognst my pens, so nobody is getting over-beetled. Hard pressed to thnk you could overdo it. Especially with big/older birds.
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    One of my reasons for getting chickens was insect control, namely japanese beetles. We had a rash of them 2 or 3 years ago. Since we got chickens, the beetles did not come back, coincidence.

    Now we have stink bugs and plenty of ants. The birds don't care much for either.
  7. egg_tastic

    egg_tastic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    NC Foothills
    My chickens jump off the ground to eat them off my roses.

    The Jap. Beetles are AWFUL this year!!! This is my first growing season at my house so wasn't sure if it was just this year or the new location. They are eating DHs green beans, glads, roses, etc. Also, my dwarf crape myrtles are being demolished.

    I guess it is time for chemicals......

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