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Stink Bugs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tamemeg, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. tamemeg

    tamemeg Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it OK to feed all the stink bugs [​IMG] that I catch daily in my house, to my chickens??
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011
  2. ralleia

    ralleia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chickens will eat them, then they're probably ok.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "stink bugs," though. Are they really the square-shouldered-looking stink bugs? I never found any in my house--only on my veggies.

    My chickens won't touch real stink bugs--nor will the wild birds around my house.
     
  3. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens don't like 'em, and I get plenty in my yard, wish they did!
     
  4. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens won't eat them either, but my turkey did. She would catch them out of the air.
     
  5. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish my chickens would eat the stinkbugs!!
     
  6. tamemeg

    tamemeg Out Of The Brooder

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    well, i tossed 2 into them, one got away, but they attacked the other, the winner gobbled it up. These stink bugs look like they have armor on, last year everyone became infested with them in my area, and they are very hard to get rid of. thanks for the responses
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    In case you wanted to know. Stink bugs hate the smell of Garlic. So any openings like roof vents or cracks around windows or foundations they can use to get in rubbed down with garlic oil will repel them.
     
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    When I used to live on the farm, nope, the chickens do not like stink bugs!
     
  9. Travilah

    Travilah Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hey I am in Maryland, and the stink bugs are in epidemic proportions. For those of you who do not have them, sorry but they are moving, hitching rides, and are showing up all over the US. Just a matter of time. They are the brown marmorated stink bug which accidentally found its way from Asia to PA about 10 years ago, and has been slowly but aggressively establishing itself. They are impossible to control as of yet, and they do stink. They are impacting fruit and veggie crops in this area, and the farmers are not happy. I am hoping that the chickens will take a liking to them, altho I would imagine if they ate enough to impact the swarming population, their eggs would taste NASTY! I understand that guinea hens will eat them, but they are simply too noisy for where I live (yet).

    I currently have two stink bug vacumm cleaners - an upstairs and a downstairs - and have to vacuum daily for the masses. They are disgusting. USDA doing research on parastic wasp, but if approved, won't see them out there before 2013.
     
  10. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My house is infested with these nasty bugs. I appreciate that they do not bite, but they are such a pain! My 4 year old has major bug phobia, so it's been very hard on hers. We may have to have house chickens to try and de-stink bug the house!
     

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