Yellow jacket nest in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by longax, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. longax

    longax Just Hatched

    Jun 11, 2017
    Help! We have a yellow jacket nest in our coop. It is in one of the nesting boxes which is blocked off right now because our chickens aren't old enough to lay yet. The nest is about the size of an egg. How do we get rid of it without hurting the chickens?
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Read. You will learn something. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Take the chickens out of the coop and spray it with wasp spray!
    Then remove the nest.
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  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Wait until dark and using as little light as possible forcefully douse the nest with a pork & bean can full of gasoline. It kills wasps so quickly that they very seldom have time to open their wings. It simply freezes them in place.

    BTW, I assume that by saying "yellow jackets" that you are referring to paper wasps.
  4. Farmgal101

    Farmgal101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2017
    Both ways will work choose your pick
  5. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I know it is winter...but I have a number of dang-ly legged wasps nests in the summer, not the yellow jackets, They are not as aggressive I can use a hammer and nail right on the coop and they don't get upset. But I am worried about the bald faced hornets, when do they start to become a problem? Also, do I have to go around and knock the wasp nests down now before the spring? I am even afraid of having nest boxes in the coop thinking they will sneak behind and start a nest.
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    We do wasp spray at night, when it's dark and cooler. Most of them die over winter in freezing weather, so that's a big help too.
    The ground nesting wasps are the worst!
    21hens-incharge likes this.

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