Japanese beetles ok?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mszekely, May 12, 2011.

  1. mszekely

    mszekely Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I was wondering if chickens like Japanese beetles? I usually get a bunch of them on my flowers. I wouldn't put any kind of killer on the flowers if the chickies would like them.
     
  2. mitchell3006

    mitchell3006 Out Of The Brooder

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    Feed away. They will love them and you get natural control.
     
  3. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend who raises 50 acres of blueberries, and collects bushels of Japanese beetles using a water trap method in 2 liter soda bottles. I give him eggs, he gives me beetles that my girls gobble like popcorn!
     
  4. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, MAN. My girls are going to make out like bandits this summer! I really do hate those beetles, and we get swarms of them.
     
  5. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    My girls eat them like potato chips. They can't stop at one. [​IMG]
    But unfortunately, I have enough beetles to feed every chicken in the entire state.
     
  6. AquaEyes

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  7. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do tell - what is this water trap and how would I make one? I have several blueberry bushes and I am tired of sharing nearly a 3rd of my harvest with these beetles [​IMG]
     
  8. lfreem2

    lfreem2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just bought 6 of these gizmos on Ebay! Thanks for the tip, AquaEyes. This will solve two problems--the dang beetles and feeding my birds yummy snacks. Thanks!
     
  9. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do tell - what is this water trap and how would I make one? I have several blueberry bushes and I am tired of sharing nearly a 3rd of my harvest with these beetles [​IMG]

    Not quite sure, MysticScorpio82; I've not seen them except for a casual glance, but he uses the pheromone attractants like you get in the commercial Japanese beetle traps and instead of funneling the bugs into a bag he collects them in a 2 liter soda bottle with water in the bottom. I think he uses the water to both weight the soda bottle from blowing around and to drown the beetles so they don't crawl back up the bottle and escape.
     
  10. tiffanyrtrammell

    tiffanyrtrammell Out Of The Brooder

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    Great Info. Mine love to eat those beetles. Makes me happy as I don't like any type of crunchy bug [​IMG].
     

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