Getting Rid of Sowbugs (PIX)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rebbetzin, May 1, 2009.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    My compost pile is always full of sowbugs. I really don't want to put them back in my garden, at least not so many of them. I was thinking of getting a harness for the chickens and letting them scratch around in the finished compost. I can't let them just run loose in my backyard, the fence is not tall enough, and I just don't trust them not to destroy the garden.

    Yesterday while thinking about how I could rid the compost of so many sowbugs, I got an idea!!

    I have an old kiddy pool with rather shallow sides, and it fits in the tractor. So.. I put the pool in the tractor, added a nice big bucket of compost. And the chickens thought they were in hog heaven!!

    I should have removed the shade cloth from the top of the tractor before I took the photo,


    After a couple of hours of scratching in the compost, there were no more sowbugs in it, and the compost stayed in the pool.. The chickens were happy, and I was able to put the compost in the garden.
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  2. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    Pilot Mountain, NC
    that was clever thinkin [​IMG]
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    A very smart idea and what happy chickens!
  4. TammyTX

    TammyTX Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 16, 2009
    It must be a bumper crop for pillbugs everywhere because we have swarms in our compost too.

    ...and I love your idea!
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    ingenius idea [​IMG]

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