Why aren't they eating bugs?

SaraFL

Songster
8 Years
Apr 7, 2011
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Jacksonville, FL
I have 6 chickens, around 8-9 weeks old, and 5 ducks, around 6 weeks old in a pen outside (temporarily together while the bigger separate pen is being built). They don't eat bugs at all. Are they not old enough? Did I just pick weird birds? The flies are driving me crazy outside and I was really hoping they'd start eating them.
 

cpegram

Songster
11 Years
Apr 6, 2010
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Middle Tennessee (Eagleville)
mine don't eat flies last yr the flies got pretty bad I went to TSC they had these jars that were fly traps I put one in the coop and one in the run and had some fly paper hung....this yr so far all is well...but still early on....the jars worked amazing it would catch jars full!!
 

Cuban Longtails

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Sep 20, 2007
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Northeast Texas
Chickens don't typically feast on flies. They eat grasshoppers, crickets, june bugs, june bug larvae, roaches, moths... but not really flies. If you want a fly eater, get muscovy ducks.
 

SaraFL

Songster
8 Years
Apr 7, 2011
153
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101
Jacksonville, FL
Thanks for the info. After I posted that I fed them some mealworms and they gobbled them up. Still thinking about getting some Muscovies.
 
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