tons of grasshoppers

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenfanatic, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    man this year the desert southwest has had a pretty great year for rain"strange hmmmmm" but anyway it has caused a plague of big huge fat desert grasshoppers everywhere and i do mean everywhere when i took the kids to play on our lawn the other day the lawn was crawling. so instead the kids spent 3 hours catching them we didnt even make a dent. the roads are plastered with them down here they are everywhere they are so big they can barely hop and have lil bitty wings and cant fly. so ill njust say this my freerange chickens are having the feast of their lives but man are they getting annoying its kinda gross seeing them covering the walls outside and such ewww hahahaha. is this happening anywhere else?
     
  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a totally awesome account of a plague of locust in the second Little House books. Laura describes the sound of all the mouths eating everything green.

    In the years that I teach math, I read that section and describe the hatching patterns of the 7 and 9 year locuts and I use it to describe how locusts that come every 7 years coincide with the locusts that hatch every 9 years to make swarms become plagues.

    BTW, the 7, 9 - made up for the example - the intervals are actually different.

    And, fyi, the description grosses out most of my city raised 6th graders. But they remember the ideas, LOL.
     
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish you could pipe 'em over here. I had a cricket problem in my feed room, until I brought home two six week old guineas. The stayed in the feed room for about a week. Today I actually went to a bait shop and bought crickets for them. [​IMG]
     
  4. chiknlady

    chiknlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep sounds like a plague to me...what's goin on out there???[​IMG]

    I wouldn't stick around if frogs show up....
     
  5. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:wow thats one way to teach them hahaha
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    this may sound gross and just plain dumb..but..could you catch them..and somehow freeze them..and give as treats in winter..[​IMG].just an idea..lol..Wendy
     
  7. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:man there been so many theyd probably flow through a pipe wow theres so many i think all of my hens have grown a ppound in the last few days hahaha and i have alotta hens. maybe this will help the younger ones lay hmmmm.
     
  8. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thats what my wife said to hahahaha
     
  9. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:not dumb actually kinda thought bout it hehehehe redhen the dogs are even eating some and my wifes cat ewwwww
     
  10. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:wow thats one way to teach them hahaha

    Forgot to add, the math concept is LCM. We have to figure out when the next "plague" years will be. And we recomend that the Ingalls family be in anther state by such and such a year.
     

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