hornets nest in the pen

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by casper324, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. casper324

    casper324 New Egg

    Apr 10, 2013
    After getting bit 3 times by those nasty bees I finally saw the softball size nest which was built near beams on the pen side of my coop. I'm worried if I spray the nest the hens will eat the sprayed bees. I thought of putting a tarp on the ground prior to spraying but am now afraid to go in there after seeing the nest to even lay the tarp down. Those bee bites hurt like heck! Suggestions?
  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    blast the nest with a garden hose and demolish it, maybe the bees will build elsewhere next time. Or else lock the birds in the coop while you spray and then clean everything up before letting them out
  3. snowflake

    snowflake Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 21, 2009
    Belding Michigan
    to bad your hens can't reach it, they would be glad to eat the nasty things. I had hornets building in the tree in my run, and was going to have my DH go spray it for me( I was chicken) to my surprise, before he got around to it the hens had jumped up on the branch and were grabbing bees as they entered or left the nest, problem solved[​IMG]
  4. casper324

    casper324 New Egg

    Apr 10, 2013
    I had no idea hens would eat hornnets!
  5. hdmax

    hdmax Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    Central Ohio
    not sure how they don't get stung, but yes, they seem to love bees. When I first let my chicks out they were 3 weeks old and pretty small. There was a wood borer (Bumble bees!) nest in the area, when one would fly in to land the chicks ran for their little lives, now at 10-12 weeks and nearly full grown, they attack any they see.
  6. mandelyn

    mandelyn Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    Spray it after the birds are in bed, then clean up, then wash it all down with a garden hose. Spraying at night/evening ensures you get them all too. A day time spray will have them returning to the destroyed nest, and they'll be circling around pretty upset about it.

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