Should I leave watermelon out in the run overnight to draw bugs?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Scotty from BI, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Scotty from BI

    Scotty from BI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave my 10 week old chickens watermelon for the first time today, but gave them a bit more than they could eat, so while I was putting the chicks to bed for the night, I pondered whether I should just leave the remaining watermelon out to draw the gnats that it would inevitably draw for the chickens to eat or just trash it? I am not sure about the down side, wondered what you folks do. For the record I am in Washington State and the nighttime temps are about 50 degrees now. The run is bare dirt with no bugs or vegetation in or near it so the only bugs they get are occasional meal worms I throw out.
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    I can't see any problem with that. When mine get watermelon, I leave it out until they've picked it clean.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Ditto
     
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here.
     
  5. ksguy

    ksguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, leave it out. Can't imagine much of anything making a chicken happier than waking up to watermelon covered in ants. Don't worry about spoilage. Lucky chickens!
     
  6. Scotty from BI

    Scotty from BI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do Chickens eat ants? I thought ants were in the stinging insect category which I also thought chickens avoid much like bees/wasps and spiders or other insects with stingers or poison bites. Also, if they do eat ants, won't the ants overwhelm the chickens and the chicken coop? I don't want to put poison to control ant infestations.
     
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Mine are all too happy to eat ants, termites, and any other pests which come near their coop. I've never had an infestation of such pests in or around my coops.
     
  8. ksguy

    ksguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once I was cleaning up some scrap wood behind the workshop. A couple of the boards must have been over an ant hill because they were crawling with little black ants. Tossed em in the run, and as soon as my girls decided the boards weren't going to kill them, they feasted and clucked up a storm.
     

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