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Will chickens help control STINK BUGS!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WVDan44, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. WVDan44

    WVDan44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anybody know if chickens will eat stink bugs? Here in the Mid-Atlantic area, we have a plague of them in Spring and again starting about this time of year. All winter they creep out of the woodwork around the windows inside my house. I hate them. Now they are an epidemic in my garden. Please tell me that chickens will eat them. [​IMG]
     
  2. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    well, i only have 5 girls, and minimal stink bugs here. and my girls are pretty young (19 weeks) so no experience with them on that yet. However, i remember when i was a teen and we had chickens, i had a couple pets and one of my them ate a stink bug. her beak was opened and her breath smelled like.....well, a stink bug. i'm thinking she tried it and didn't like it. but i'm 42 years old...so this was awhile ago! hope someone else has more advice.
     
  3. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Tennessee
    I don't know about stink bugs, but mine won't touch the "squash bug" that eats my zucchini every year [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do not seem to be interested in stink bugs or squash bugs, dang it.
     
  5. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine won't go near stink bugs.
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Mine don't touch them either [​IMG] I've even held out a small pumpkin from my garden with the little sh*ts crawling all over, and they wanted nothing to do with them...
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Stink bugs exude a compound (cyanide based) that is distasteful to most things and stinky. It is their principle anti-predator mechanism and, as you can see, highly effective. [​IMG]
     
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  8. ColCty

    ColCty New Egg

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    The stink bugs are starting to crawl on the outside (and sometimes inside) of our house, so i decided to see if our girls had any interest. Oddly enough, the brown hens gobble them down w/o hesitation while the white hens didn't seem very interested. Maybe they will get indigestion and will think twice next time, but today I must've fed them a couple dozen and they were just as hungry for last ones as the first ones.

    I have to wonder if they'd give our eggs a funny taste if I feed them too many. Though I notice from the wiki that they are edible...ewwww...


    From the wiki:

    Known as jumiles, chumiles, chinche de monte, or xotlinilli, various stink bugs are part of Mexican cuisine. Known as bọ xít in Vietnamese, stink bugs are also found in Vietnamese cuisine.[citation needed] They are also commonly eaten in Laos, and are regarded as delicious due to their extremely strong odor.
     
  9. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    No.

    I have 70 chickens and I have at least 30 bugs on each window. Keep your windows closed, get bug spray and spray em dead from the outside.
     
  10. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is very depressing. Part of the reason I got chickens was for insect control. Over the last three years or so, I have spent less and less time in my garden because of the mosquitos. I am a mosquito magnet. If there is one in a 50 mile radius in the dead of January, it will find me! (And leave my DH completely unscathed!) So far, it seems the only yummy bugs my girls go ga-ga for are cicadas. No stink bugs. No s$%#@^&* mosquitos. Just cicadas. Though it does make for a very entertaining game of keep-away!

    mm
     

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