Scratch infested with bugs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by puddinbabe, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    I noticed my scratch is infested with these small black bugs (with what look like a long nose) a few days ago. I thought, I'll put some DE in there, mix it around, and get rid of them. Well, they're still there and multiplying. I can hear them in the bag crawling around. I don't think the chickens mind, but I do. They haven't spread to the Layena yet, but I'm not sure why. I keep my food, scratch, and DE in a large plastic closed bin. Should I get rid of the scratch or not worry about it? Why isn't the DE killing the bugs? Ideas?

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    DE may not be good for things that have very thick chitin, maybe. Are the bugs large?

    I'd be worried that it would infest something else (and a little grossed out!), but, really you might be able to regard it as more protein for the chickens as long as you can stand it.
  3. nu2chixinmo

    nu2chixinmo In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2007
    Sturgeon, MO
    OK I had the same thing happen with my scratch, I just figured some bugs, yummy for the girls. Should we be worried?????
  4. Nifty-Chicken

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  5. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Sounds like weevils to me and they are really hard to kill. I have had some like that too and just put DE in it really good , it didnt spread to my other feed but I kept it closed and when the bag was empty I burned the bag just to make sure. My chickens didnt seem to mind either as it was extra bugs for them ...sort of a with cold weather comming soon it will take care of them when the freezes get here .
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2007
  6. nu2chixinmo

    nu2chixinmo In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2007
    Sturgeon, MO
    I think thats what they are. So, no need to worry right, just extra protein for the girls?????
    I live in Central Missouri, and noticed them a few weeks ago. They are not in any of my other feed, just the scratch. hmmhmmmmmm:rolleyes:

    It says for the wheat weevil, it may be stopped with some garlic. I hope they are talking about putting whole cloves in the bag?????
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2007
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    They WILL NOT hurt your chickens. The chickens most likely eat them before they eat the scartch.
  8. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    I had them in mine, and I've been feeding it to the girls. I have been keeping it separate from my other feed tho.

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