Hypothetical feeding question- skeetos killed with propane

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TyrannosaurusChix, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive been researching "mosquito magnet" for the reduction in the colonies where i live( between a cornfield and a swamp- literally my wooded backlot and next "door" IS a swamp less than 15 ft off our property line) The chickens love to eat them right out of the air but that doesnt help ME! LOL

    Mosquito magnet uses a vacuum and propane( very little only enough to make c02 to attract the skeetos) and it vacuums them down and traps them in a bag or some such and they die.

    You CAN also supplement a pesticide attractant but i have already ruled that out as a possibility for cost reasons alone.


    On to the meat of the question! Could the birds eat the mosquitos a la muerte if i would put them in a dish or do you think maybe it would be pollo a la muerte?

    Of course i could just discard them but i would love a dual purpose( free proteins) mosquito solution-- and im deathly afraid of maggots so dont even come near me with that god awful maggot bucket thing i clicked on yesterday HAHA

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Oh my gosh look at that avatar! And you are scared of maggots? I'm not scared of them, grossed out, absolutely, but not scared. Your avatar on the other hand...
     
  3. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol i know.. im not scared of much but for some reason maggots put the fear in my heart and a schock right in the pit of my stomach. i came across some int eh garbage just a few weeks back and my 3 girls were dying with laughter because of how i was acting. they kept saying its so weird youre NEVER scared!! they arent used to seeing it.

    i went to put some car garbage int he dumpster while my husband waited in the car and there was a maggot on the edge of the dumpster and i must have looked like ihad a hornet in my hair because i was doing the om-f-g my pants are on fire- dance and when i finally looked up at him he was laughing his butt off.. he didnt know what was going on at first.



    Heebie jeebies.



    I encounter maggots FAR FAR less than spiders and hes afraid of those!( im not, of course)


    does the avatar creep you out that much?? if so, sorry
     
  4. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is a realy good question!! it got me realy thinking. my first reaction was yes feed them. but then i sat for a bit at looked at it from all angles. on the one hand you could argue as long as they havnt been dead for days on end then whats the harm, co2 is used to attract them but that exspelled by the body fairly quick and besides in a body system its converted straight away by any form of moisture into carbonic acid. but the trap sounds similar to traps they are trialing in scotland for for the horrendous gnats they have, and from what i seen you get huge quantitys of them in the trap.
    and its the number that would concern me. mosquietoes are a desease vector, yes chickens grab them out the air and eat them but i doubt a chicken eats more than a few dozen in a day even a hundread and its unlikely they will have contact with enough desease organisms to cause a problem, but we are probaly talking thousands in a fairly short time as a meal, if you do the stats on this and take the mean average of desease organisms that a squeito carrys then stasticaly the chance of something going wrong and a chicken getting enough of a desease organism in its system becomes high.... but its realy one of those

    "my grandad smoked 100 cigs a day from the age of 6 and lived untill he was 107 and only died because he was hit by a bus! (probaly crossing the roads to get cigs!) "

    so personaly i would be ok with chcikens catching them and eating them but i would be reluctant to feed them in any quantity purely because of the stastical chance of desease through micro organisms they carry
     
  5. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the reply.. the quantity is what i questioned also, like its ok to eat a little each day but if i were to pour 4 cups out.. what would happen to the big alpha hens that get to snort them down first.


    and im not one for freezing mosquitos LOL.


    If i end up getting one i will not be dumping all of them into their dish
     
  6. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its realy a judgement call, the chances are you would fine but i just dont like the idea of feeding what would still be way more moz's to chickens than they would be able to catch. but i reluctance could be due to a bias i have because i know exactly what nasty bugs theese this carry on board them. i cant give you a deffinate dont do it but i am reluctant to say it will be fine,. like i said me personaly wouldnt do it but i wouldnt exspect too many problems in the real world
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine eat piles from the zapper every morning, without a problem. It's the first place they head for. I'm not saying what anyone else should do, just letting you know what mine have always eaten. They also eat them out of the air all day.
     
  8. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its still a big deference to the literaly thousands those things collect. i seen literly 1kg of them in a single day caught, but likewise i am not saying dont do it just that i wouldnt
     
  9. B'villechicken

    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So Chix (and others on this thread), I have a question. From a purely disease prevention statdpoint, do you think those propane bug catchers work? I remember years ago about the controversy surrounding the UV light bug zappers as to whether they really made a difference in the population of mosquitoes. A s you know, I also live in Upstate New York and we usually have winter and mosquito season! I have plans for a bat house and will be putting one up soon to support the natural way to rid mosquitoes. I just wondered what experience you and others have had with the propane fired machines.
    As far as feeding them to the hens, just be sure they haven't started to decompose before giving it to them. Although free ranging chickens on our farm would eat anything & everything without apparent harm.


    Thanks,

    David
     
  10. crossedwires

    crossedwires Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have no idea about moz's but i have seen the units used in scotland for midge control. they use co2 canisters and boy they work! like i said earlier in 24hrs some of the traps have over 1kg of midges and midges are alot smaller than moz's, i see no reason why they wouldnt work for moz's.
     

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