Posting about my chicken / cricket problem has made me think about something disturbing. We live next door to a cow farm (not 100% organic but no pesticides that I know of. Unfortunately there are also a number of tobacco farms in the neighborhood. They are mostly small time but they use huge amounts of pesticides. Wild birds die when they spray. They eat the bugs who have gotten into the pesticide and the toxins build up in their system. Everyone in the neighborhood filters their water just in case. I am having a huge cricket issue as they migrate from the cattle farmer's fields and bringing in more chickens to eat the bugs but now I am worried about eating my own hens eggs. I filter all of our water - even for my livestock to drink so I had thought I was safe but my hens all free range and eat bugs. So how far will bugs travel after they have been exposed to pesticides? It is more than 1/8 of a mile to the tobacco farms but I do not know if that is far enough for us to be safe. I have a small baby so this worries me a lot now that I have the thought stuck in my head.