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My girls earned their keep today!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cookinmom, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about half a dozen tomato plants planted on one side of the run, and noticed that some of the leaves were looking all lacy, being eaten by something. So I investigated and found lots of little blue caterpillars with red heads. Don't know what they were, but I had 18 beady little eyes watching my every move, and 9 hungry beaks scrambling to get each tasty morsel as it came through the wire! Looks like the girls save my 'maters! I'll have to share with 'em when they get ripe. [​IMG]
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Yummy! [​IMG]
     
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    Good girls! I noticed that my girls eat those nasty gypsy moth (tent) caterpillars. WOOHOO!

    I tried to give some the nastiest, grossest bug I have an invasion of.. SLUGS! They pecked at them a bit, but that was it. [​IMG] Hope they change their minds, and decide they want a "slimy yet satisfying" snack! Our three resident wild toads seem to have gone MIA over the winter, and the slugs are everywhere (the weather isn't helping!).

    -Meghan
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Meghan

    A trick my Aunt swears by to get rid of slugs is she fills a shallow dish up w/ beer and it kills off the slugs. I don't know how it works, but it does. Might be worth a try. [​IMG]
     
  5. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i wonder if that works on snails?
     
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I not sure if the beer works...but DUCKS love em!!
     
  7. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    [​IMG] There's your answer!! Get a duck!! Get lots of ducks!![​IMG]
     
  8. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Yes, beer in a dish does work to kill snails too!
    I vote for ducks too!
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2007
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Make sure you cover that beer dish up or your chickens might have a beer bash. [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Then again, maybe the chickens will like the slugs better, once they're marinated!
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2007

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