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Raising cockroaches for chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Thoughtless, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. Thoughtless

    Thoughtless New Egg

    Sep 16, 2016
    My wife and I have been raising chickens for a few years, trying to find the best way to take care of them. We currently raise wheat and sunflower seeds for 7 days in trays to feed them as well as regular chicken food. We have a lot of out door palmeto bugs around here. But chickens are daylight animals and the roaches are nocturnal. I can keep the population of bugs down a little by trapping them at night and feeding them to the chickens during the day. It seems like raising them would be an easy thing to do, but apparently not too many people think so. If you have suggestions, I would be interested.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Thoughtless, and :welcome. Great to have you in our community! I know when I lift a old board or piece of plywood outside, my chickens make short work of the roaches that scurry for cover. Don't know why it wouldn't work to raise and feed them to the chickens. Keep us posted and best of luck with the "roach farm." :D
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So glad you decided to post your intro here....told ya, you would get a proper welcoming [​IMG]

    Yes, I'm one of the folks who shudders at raising Palmetto bugs AKA cockroaches, but bet my hens wish I would [​IMG]

    Good luck with your Roach Farming [​IMG]
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! Interesting...I have heard of farming mealworms, but never roaches. Have fun with them.:sick
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Welcome to BYC. I don't see any reason why it should not work, but those bugs make my skin crawl - you are obviously made of sterner stuff, so good luck to you.

  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Slightly less creepy are mealworms - most chickens seem to really like them. Personally I don't want any of that near me [​IMG]
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. Thoughtless

    Thoughtless New Egg

    Sep 16, 2016
    I appreciate all the delightful responses. I know, roaches are creepy, but just try to explain that to my ladies. They consider them the height of a gourmet meal.
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. I don't see any reason cockroaches wouldn't be a great treat for them! I used to have Madagascar Hissers as pets when I was younger, but those things were so big I don't think they'd be easy for birds to eat. Also, I think I'd have felt bad feeding those guys to my chickens! I had them named and everything.

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