Little black bugs in water-any ideas?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, May 4, 2008.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I always have two plastic milk jugs filled with water near my coop. Yesterday morning then again today, the jugs were CRAWLING with these tiny little black bugs with little antennas. They were climbing to the jug opening and drowning in the water - the surface of the water was black! These bugs are so tiny - like little black dots - and don't appear to have wings. I can't tell if they jumped when I touched them or if they just fell off the jug. They aren't fleas; I know what those look like. Could these be some sort of chicken mite or something? I think they only have 6 legs. Already checked out so thought I'd see if anybody else has seen these near their chickens. Thanks!
  2. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Ive never seen anything like that. I do get a lot of pillbugs around my waterer.

    It is spring and these bugs could be going threw a mass hatching. I would think its the water they are after.

    If I where you I would put some DE around where the waterer sits on the ground to keep them away from the water.
  3. talos321

    talos321 Songster

    If this is what you have they are pillbugs. Although they are not insects and are closely related to crayfish, lobsters and crabs. I feed em to the older chicks because they are just full of nice juicy calcium! I've considered growing them in shoeboxes for chickie snacks!

  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    No, that's not it. These are really tiny - like the size of spider mites or fleas. Hopefully it was just a hatching thing because today I didn't see anymore.
  5. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Are their antennae sort of feathery? I think they suck the nutients from plants...I've had them doing the backstroke in my coffee mug.
  7. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    sounds like it could be springtails...look them up. I know they always come out around here when it rains. I think they like moisture and they are really tiny. just a thought...
  8. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    I made the mistake of setting my water mug on the ground while we were working outside recently. When I picked it up again, it had loads of tiny grey insects in it, shaped like thrips. Not sure that's what they were, but they sure wanted my water. I contemplated drinking it for the extra protein and other nutrients in them, but dumped it instead.
  9. nzchookhaven

    nzchookhaven In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2017
    New Zealand
    Quote: I looked up springtails, and I have found massive clusters of them floating in my chicken's water. Do they cause any issues for chickens? Or are they harmless? Is there a way to get rid of them?

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