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Grasshoppers Are The Ultimate Treat

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Delight, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Chicken Delight

    Chicken Delight In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2010
    I like to give the ladies a treat every day, but I have found nothing that gets them as excited as grasshoppers. Sure they wander the yard and find their own, but not many left in that area. Today I caught about 20 at the neighbors and dumped them in the run live. I wish I had the video camera. Those grasshoppers did not have a chance. [​IMG]

    Watching the carnage, it reminded me of a TV show which was making the case for chickens being the closest thing on the Earth to ancient dinosaurs. A bunch of T-Rex wandering the run eating their hapless prey.

    Is there anything else that makes your chickens go crazy like this?

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Nope. My chicks go bonkers for grasshoppers.
  3. sillybirds

    sillybirds Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    Quote:My chickens go carnivore crazy for the big blaptica dubia roaches I raise for them. They love mealworms too, but the roaches are bigger so they have to, how should I say it delicately, reduce the big roaches to a more manageable size for ingestion. It seems to bring out the vicious predator side of them! You guys obviously have chickens, so you know what I'm talking about.
  4. j71

    j71 In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2009
    Crickets too!! [​IMG]

    I leave a tarp out on the ground all year round and we live in the woods kindah...

    When I gwet home, Il et the girls out and we raaaaace over to the tarp.......mucho excitement!!! [​IMG]

    I quicklly grab one end and run to the other side exposing all the crickets that thought they found a safe haven.....sometimes we only get 2-3 but other times we get 15-25 and my 5 girls go bonkers!!!! chasing them down n gobbling them up!!

    Its like watching a real live game of Pacman!

    All you need is a small tarp....any tarp would do really.
  5. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    That's funny. I go to our local pet store in the winter and BUY crickets for my girls about once a week. I feel bad that they don't find any good "buggies" in the winter here since this is Wisconsin.
  6. 6chix

    6chix Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    Western Ma
    Little baby mice. Its a carnavoire fest.
  7. FarmerJamie

    FarmerJamie Songster

    Mar 21, 2010
    One of the daughters tossed a single jumbo marshmallow in the run.


    a few of the smaller hens actually stood on the back of the of the hen holding the marshmallow in an attempt to take it from them.

  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I think that meal worms are the favorites of my chickens, but they free range all day so no tellin what they eat. But when they come in it's meal worms please. Now the ducks favorite are earth worms and slugs yuck!
  9. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    When do you start giving them live bugs? My chicks are 3 days and it's really funny to watch them chase and jump for flies. Tis the fly season around here! One actually caught and ate one today.
  10. 9ByDesign

    9ByDesign In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    Wesley Chapel, FL
    We gave ours grasshoppers from our yard at about 2-3 days old. I was amazed at how fast they caught them (upon sight nearly) and knew JUST what to do! Grasshopper are the seemingly best treat I've seen them go nutty for.

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