catching crickets for chickens. Although I'm sure it was pretty funny for anyone who happened to see me. I am not much of a cricket catcher. Even my DH got in on the fun. We moved one of the compost pile to make room for a new chicken coop. As we were forking it over, crickets ran everywhere. I started thinking, chickens in run - free protein - fun to watch. So I grabbed a 3 gallon bucket and we ended up catching about 20. We dumped them in the run and the chase was on, for about 20 seconds.