New treat for the winter boredom!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kimboolah, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. kimboolah

    kimboolah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Today I bought my chooks some crickets! I bought 5 dollars worth and came home and dumped them into the deep litter. OMGosh! What a frenzy! They had such a good time and were active and running around. I think they caught every last one, too! Then they actually followed me outside into the snow for the first time in a long time. Crickets once a week now!
     
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  2. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have loved to see that! I thought of getting my birds crickets for Christmas dinner but settled for mealworms instead.
     
  3. Grapefruit Moon

    Grapefruit Moon Out Of The Brooder

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    ooh la la!! Crickets for dinner.

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    thanks for the chicken dance inspiration. I can't wait to feed them some.

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  4. thedoors5to1

    thedoors5to1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know who suggested this on this forum... but i've been (once a week) been giving my ducks a head of cabbage or lettuce on a string. they go at it like its duck tetherball...i'll open thier door so they can freerange and instead they decide to stay in and continue the passing of the cabbage tetherball... i used some strong string hung from the middle of the cage, then tied a long screw bolt that has an eye (opening) at the top... each time the balls (cabbage) is gone, i screw another one on! i use a 4 inch long bolt to insure the cabbage tetherball doesnt fall off and become a bowling ball with my bowling pins... i mean runner ducks.
    sometimes it even is frozen and they still work on it.
     
  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    where would one buy crickets? i would love to get some!
     
  6. momreda

    momreda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get them at bait shops.
     
  7. kimboolah

    kimboolah Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought today's crickets at the pet shop. They said it was the first time they sold crickets for chickens--usually lizards and such, I guess.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    So how many crickets do you get for $5?

    I think my wife would not be happy if I brought those home and any escaped and came near the house.
     
  9. kimboolah

    kimboolah Chillin' With My Peeps

    ninety cents per dozen. They give me the heebeejeebees for sure! I took them right from the car to the coop, never came NEAR the house! ick.
     
  10. Zoopathy

    Zoopathy Out Of The Brooder

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    We get large crickets for 8 cents each at our local pet supply shop (who were also amazed that we feed them to chickens!)! I *love* the cabbage-on-a-string idea...gonna have to try that one!
     

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