Lawn shrimp - Terrestrial Amphipods aka Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae



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)


5 Years
May 22, 2017
SC Midlands
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.


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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