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Never thought I would be going through the compost pile

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by punkin, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. punkin

    punkin Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    East Tennessee
    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.
  2. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    My chickens love to eat those juicy crickets too!
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I'll bet that would have made a great video!!!
  4. Becaco

    Becaco Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    You aren't by yourself. My DH catches grasshoppers. He will also go around turning over brush, logs or whatever for them.
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I tried that same thing and not with much luck [​IMG] Then I tried to move the chickens to the crickets. Well, they were so freaked out about being carried that they all ran away. [​IMG] The other day when they were rangeing for a while I noticed that they finally discovered the crickets at the compost pile. [​IMG]
  6. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    My question is HOW? Those suckers are fast. How did you catch them? A net? Or by hand?
  7. punkin

    punkin Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    East Tennessee
    Quote:We caught them by hand. Sometimes you can just cup your hand over them and slide your other hand under. A few we just pinched between our thumb and forefinger from behind. They are fast, though. You just gotta stick with them.
  8. punkin

    punkin Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    East Tennessee
    Quote:Yea, but only for about 20 seconds or so. [​IMG] (Or are you talking about me & DH catching them? That would have been the funny video.)
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
  9. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    You have happy chickens and that makes it all worth it [​IMG]

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