Japanese Beetles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by luecktl, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. luecktl

    luecktl New Egg

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    Has anyone fed frozen japanese beetles to their chicks? We have been taking them straight from the traps and putting them in the deep freeze. Didn't know if this would hurt the chickens if the beetles are dead (frozen alive)?
     
  2. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't imagine that would be harmful. Mine gobble up live japanese beetles like crazy. Frozen ones would just give them cold treats in the summer.
     
  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    The traps are baited right? The bait is toxic and would transmit to the chickens. So No. But if there bait free (if theres a such thing) then i guess so.
     
  4. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Eeek. I missed that part. I have no idea what a beetle trap is. I agree with the other poster, if they are baited, don't feed the beetles to the chickens.

    I gather beetles off the ground under my lamp post and on the patio. No traps involved.
     
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Japanese Bug-in-a bag are baited, but the beetles don't touch the bait - they are drawn to it and for some miraculous reason drop in the bag when they get near the bait. So, I would think you can just empty the bag
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:The bait in the trap is a pheremone (sex attractant) and not a poison. The beetles simply are attracted and fall in the trap & can't get out. They are fine to feed to your chickens.
     
  7. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone hung the trap in or near the chicken run. The beatles are drawn to the pherome and I am hoping the chicks will gobble up the ones that haven't made it to the bag.
     
  8. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The bait in the trap is a pheremone (sex attractant) and not a poison. The beetles simply are attracted and fall in the trap & can't get out. They are fine to feed to your chickens.

    Wow................I hadn't even finished hanging that trap when they swarmed over................
     
  9. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Hmm.. how about hanging the bag trap in the run and opening the bottom of the bag a little? beetles drop in, drop out the bottom for the chickens.. mmm yummy beetles!
     
  10. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Japanese beetle traps hanging, but as I stroll through my gardens, any beetle I see~~I just grab it and SQUISH it [​IMG] then drop it in my weed bucket. The chickens go crazy hunting for the squished beetles amongst the weeds. [​IMG]
     

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