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Is there such a thing as a grasshopper trap?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by grandads, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. grandads

    grandads Songster

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    We have tons of grasshoppers. I want to catch them for the chickens, but I don't want to catch by hand. Is there a trap you can make or buy?
     
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  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    If your chickens free-range they should be catching them themselves!
     
  3. cybercat

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    Best trap for grasshoppers is free range chickens. Then you do not have to feed so much. Just let them out an hour before sunset and watch them go to town on them. When it gets darker they will head back into the pen and coop up for the night like normal.
     
  4. FarmGirl01

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    A bunch of tall grass and a butterfly net would be fun. I wish I had a cricket trap.[​IMG]
     
  5. cptkracker

    cptkracker In the Brooder

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    YES THERE IS! they sell them fo fishing. I suggest just letting the chickens run though that waythey get greens too! [​IMG]
     
  6. LivinNewDreamInND

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    I have been going out every night and picking them off of my garden plants. I would love a trap though...much faster!
     
  7. crj

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    So much more fun to watch the chickens chase after them! or is it that you really want to catch the little buggers [​IMG]
     
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  8. grandads

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    I do freerange my hens on 5 acres. I live on 215 acres. tons of grasshoppers right now. I can't just turn them loose because of dogs. I live in the country, which city people see as a great place to dump their unwanted dogs! How long do you think it would take to catch by hand grasshoppers for 150 hens?
     
  9. cptkracker

    cptkracker In the Brooder

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    days by hand. with a trap....days but you wouldnt be dong the work! If you got alot of traps it might work faster [​IMG]
     
  10. emys

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    Fashion a sweep net out of an old sheet or curtains -you want something with a folded over hem you can just loop over a couple of coat hangers twisted together in a circle. You circle should be roughly 12 inches in diameter and your net should taper to 28 or 30 inches long. Give it a 12 to 24 inch branch for a handle and set the kids loose!


    Should look similar to this: http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page.asp?mi=5280
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010

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