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Worm Trap?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by savilcr, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone know a way to trap worms somewhere in your yard to feed to your chickens? I have heard you can lay a tarp down for a week and then lift it up, bury a plastic bottle with meat in it, pour Tabasco sauce in the grass, anyone tried these or know any other methods?
     
  2. Bi0s

    Bi0s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    coffee grounds and shredded newspaper in the bottom of a small can and bury
    it
     
  3. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Have you noticed much activity from the worms? If it is warm enough they are probably coming up at night to eat and look for a mate. You would have to lay the tarp in a place where they already visit that has dead vegetation for them to eat. I tried rubbing the stick against a stick buried in the ground, that never worked. I tried a few other things, which never worked. I found the only way to catch them was to go out in the evening with a bucket and a flashlight and pick them up off the ground. If you don't stomp around and move quickly you can snatch them up pretty easily. I only wanted a few for fishing, but ended up with a coffee can full of them in only an hour or so. The light from the flashlight would spook them if shined directly on them. The were the thickest around areas where leaves and debris built up. If the ground was too dry (here in NM) they were as thick, after a day of watering the yard, they were everywhere. Anyway, I would catch a can load, use a few for fishing and take the rest down to the barn and watch the chickens chase each other for worm pieces. They loved it!!
     
  4. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find tons of them everyday in my garden. Usually near the fence or a few inches underground. I have better results in the morning than in the afternoon/early evening.

    The tarp method should work. Especially if it is placed over dirt. Might even want to moisten the area first.

    My #1 spot is under a small log that is laying on dirt (there are a few leaves under there, too). I roll that log over every morning and get half a dozen worms. Same goes for a trash can that sits in my garden area. Seems the worms love it there, too.
     
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Make a compost pile/bin. You can compost chicken and kitchen waste and worms will come. You can also get a red wiggler composter/colony and grow your own. As the others have said, worms also seem to accumulate under anything that sits still long enough. Funny thing is, for nearly the first year and a half of their lives, my girls turned up their beaks at earthworms. Suddenly they've decided they love them.
     
  6. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im going to try the coffee can idea, I am also going to try looking for them at night with a flashlight
     

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