Lawn shrimp - Terrestrial Amphipods aka Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 504272, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. 504272

    504272 Guest

    I realize when the chickens are old enough to fend for themselves in a chicken tractor they will decide what to eat. No problem there.
    My question is this.
    Each year after a good rain a billion lawn shrimp (yes, I counted every one :wee)
    leap out of the watersoaked lawn in an attempt to save themselves from drowning only to die shortly thereafter by getting too dry. If I act quickly, could these lawn shrimp be fed to the chickens? I'm thinking I might have to freeze some to keep them from going bad. Does anyone have any experience harvesting lawn shrimp?
    Thank you.
    (I'm thinking the question makes me officially crazy!:lau)
     
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  2. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    What's a lawn shimp? I've never heard of those. :)
     
  3. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

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    Yes, you can feed them to your chickens. Don't know how you would collect them to make it worth your while. I'd just let my chickens collect/eat them, but maybe you don't free range your birds.
     
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  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Oh ok! I looked them up, I don't know how you'd harvest them but they're edible.
     
  5. Chickens_4Life

    Chickens_4Life Chirping

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    Depends on what is inside it, I think. If you would eat it, your chickens probably can. Oh, and Chickassan, according to your reply I am not sane.
     
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  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Lol! Reguardless to my reply you're here talking about lawn shimp of course you aren't sane.;)
     
  7. 504272

    504272 Guest

    Thanks for the okay to feed. I know how to collect the lawn shrimp. They basically commit suicide during rainstorms by leaping into whatever container is handy - flower pot saucers or anything that's handy. Then I just scoop them up in the morning. I used to toss them in the woods or in the trash but now I will give them to the chicks, maybe freeze some for later. My chicks are still indoors for a couple more weeks but will eventually be in an outside coop and will have a chicken tractor.
     

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