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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dixygirl, May 18, 2008.

  1. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    My ducks and chicks have come out of the brooder and are now in the garage in a kiddie pool while i am designing their tractors. I have been disposing of large amounts of wet pine shavings and had moisture due to the ducks wetting up everything. Today I noticed woodlice bugs under the garage door seal. [​IMG]

    I am thinking about getting some Sevin insecticide and moving them to their new tractors as soon as possible.
    Anyone ever used Sevin or any other insecticide around chicks and ducks?

    PS This is making me think I definately want to use sand instead of pine shavings so I won't have a lot of wet wood around
    Last edited: May 18, 2008
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Aren't those "rollie pollies"?
  3. talos321

    talos321 Songster

    You could put soapy water on them or rubbing alcohol (dries quickly).

    I feed them to my chickens because they are rich in calcium.
    Last edited: May 19, 2008
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Yep, thats a rolley poley (family joke...the reason behind my spelling) also known as Pillbug and noticed them labeled as Woodlouse via Wikipedia.

    Let the chickens eat them, ours go nuts over them. I keep pieces of wood and chunks of wood and concrete blocks in our runs just to harbor them for extra "fresh" protein for our flock (free food).

  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    pips&peeps :

    Aren't those "rollie pollies"?

    Yeah...and I thought they were totally harmless....to EVERYTHING. Most of my chickies love to eat them but my sex link won't touch them. LOL​
  6. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *If they roll up, they are rolly-pollies. If they don't roll up, they're sowbugs. Either way, I'm surprised the quackers aren't eating them!
  7. talos321

    talos321 Songster

    Quote:Yeah...and I thought they were totally harmless....to EVERYTHING. Most of my chickies love to eat them but my sex link won't touch them. LOL

    Well in early spring they will devour new seedlings. My first try with Luffa Sponges revealed them eating the stalks in half overnight. Once the plants are past the seedling stage they are of no concern.

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