Feeding Wasps and Yellow Jackets to your Chickens ?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by CoopCrazy, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Ok wierd question. Do you see a problem with catching wasps in those water wasp traps and then feeding them to your chickens?
    I have massive amounts of wasps and yellow jackets at my house. I have used the water traps before and like them because no pesticides etc. Just wondering if it would be safe to just dump then dead ones in the run everyday.. Any ideas cool, if you think I'm an idiot that's ok cause maybe I am [​IMG] [​IMG]

  2. I used to feed japanese beetles to my chickens, straight out of the beetle trap . . . . . But, I guess that didn't exactly answer your question, either.
  3. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    We get those too... So see you did help... [​IMG]
  4. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    I feed the occasional dead wasp to chickens. A bug's a bug to them. [​IMG]
  5. Stumpy

    Stumpy Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Sounds like a great idea to me.

    I'm curious; have you caught those big red wasps in the trap? Also, is it a home-made trap or a Why trap?

  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I don t have them yet but will probably make then from pop bottles.. Like so ..Make a simple Water Trap
    Use a razor knife to cut the top from a 2-liter plastic pop bottle. Cut just above the shoulder of the bottle. Discard the screw top. Fill with water about halfway. Coat the neck with jam, invert it and set back on the bottle. Use two small pieces
    of tape to hold it in place.

    Wasps will go down the funnel to get the jam, but will find it difficult to get out. Most will drop into the water and drown.

    A few drops of dish soap in the water will make it hard for the wasps to tread water, and will hasten their demise. (You can also add a 1/4 cup of vinegar to the water to discourage honeybees from entering the trap in search of water.)
    Note: In the spring and early summer, wasps are attracted to protein-based baits; use jam or other sweet baits in later summer and into fall.

    Empty the trap daily! As more wasps are caught, they create a raft on which other wasps can survive for a considerable time. Some of these wasps then find purchase on the plastic of the bottle and eventually crawl out. The longer the trap is untended, the more wasps will manage to escape, which may result in swarming.
    The trap will be most effective if set about 4' above ground.
  7. joerogrz

    joerogrz Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Loretto, TN
    My chickens run from wasps.... Even when I decapitate the wasp so the abdomen (part with the stinger) isn't left.
  8. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Well I guess i'll just try and see... Will let you know what happens...

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