raising slugs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bethany01, May 9, 2009.

  1. bethany01

    bethany01 New Egg

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    Has anyone tried raising slugs intentionally for chicken food? Mine love them when I happen to find some to toss them. Could I just put them in a bucket in the coop and fill the bucket with compostable stuff that the chickens won't eat? Are there things that the slugs won't eat?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    My experience with slugs is they eat everything that you DONT want them to eat. They love flower plants and vegetable plants !
     
  3. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can have all my slugs. And my neighbors would probably PAY someone to harvest their slugs.

    OK, you don't live in my neighborhood (darn) but seriously you might just try a deslugging service. You might even make some cash.

    The only downside of slugs is that they can carry worms, that can infect your chickens, so keep an eye on your chickens' weights and perhaps even do a preventative worming 2x a year.
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Why would you want to GROW slugs??? I'll ship you some over for free [​IMG]

    I object to their sliminess that just won't come off if you touch it [​IMG]
     
  5. bethany01

    bethany01 New Egg

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    I just thought they might be easier to grow than earthworms, and I hate to feed them something beneficial like earthworms.
     
  6. clbarley

    clbarley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know this is an old thread but I am looking into doing this as well, so has anyone done it?! Our goal it to have everything self sustained. I want to raise worms, slugs and veggies for our flock to each (which is completely free) and they will produce eggs which will feed out 4 dogs for free.....

    So has anyone raised slugs?

    We used to have a huge slug problem but now we have ducks and we have zero lol they LOVE LOVE LOVE slugs!!
     
  7. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea how someone would go about raising slugs. But, there is tons of info on raising mealworms, crickets, earthworms, and maggots. Mealworms can be grown indoors with hardly any odors. And, they multiply like crazy. Raising crickets stinks. I would NEVER raise them in my house.

    I grow kale and they love it. It grows like crazy down here as a winter crop. Actually, our chickens love just about all of the cool weather crops.

    New Zealand Spinach, Malabar Spinach and Amaranth grow terrific in the summer heat. They are delicious for human peoples too! LOL!! Amaranth is a green that grows like crazy in our horrible summer heat. The greens are fabulous for us and the chickens. The seed heads are huge and the chickens go nuts for those seeds. Some amaranth are grown more for the seeds and other varieties are grown for the great greens. The chickens will eat the greens of both with great enthusiasm!

    I know this was a slug question but......
     

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