FREE chicken feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dmoffett, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. dmoffett

    dmoffett Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to raising chickens but I know that they like to eat bugs. The more bugs they have the less feed you have to buy.
    I've found a way to collect free chicken food.
    You take a squirrel cage blower, a light, and a stocking or tight weave burlap bag.
    Attach the stocking or bag on the exhaust of the blower and place the light near the intake of the blower. At dusk turn on the light and blower. The next morning when you get up you will have a stocking full of bugs.
    They are attracted by the light, sucked in by the blower and blown into the stocking. You could even put the light and blower on a censor that would turn on at dust and off at light.
    FREE chicken food.
    Has anyone tried it?
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Never tried it. Sounds like a good bug catcher! By the way, are you related to McGuyver? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    It's not really free if you're powering a blower and light all night (and what is a squirrel cage blower, anyway?) But yes, very clever.

    I put my chicks in an outdoor brooder and they lived a semi-nocturnal life catching bugs that were attracted to the heat lamp. It made for some entertaining chick TV!
     
  4. dmoffett

    dmoffett Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Most people have an outside light on at night. Why not catch bugs with it. Still cheaper than buying feed.
    Leann more about the squirrel cage blower here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrifugal_fan
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    can buy them on ebay or amazon for less than $75.00.
    Set up two and get double the FREE bugs.
     
  5. dmoffett

    dmoffett Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:We Scottish are a creative people.
     
  6. kevinhannan

    kevinhannan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol!

    I'm impressed! I think I'm going to do this as I have a spare fan somewhere in the attic!
     
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:We Scottish are a creative people.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing new under the sun. Here's one in the 1977 Rodale's Build It Better Yourself book. It was a three page article. Anyone wanting a complete scan of all three pages, pm me with your email address and I'll send you a copy.
    db

    [​IMG]
     
  9. dmoffett

    dmoffett Out Of The Brooder

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  10. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome, I am going to try this!
     

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