My chickens are good at many things. Laying eggs is the obvious one. Being down right adorable is another. The 3rd, and less often praised talent that my chooks posses, is as pest controllers. On more than one occasion, I’ve watched a chook grab a beetle larvae or a moth that would otherwise have invaded one of my bee colonies. You go girls!
Scratching and foraging for beetles is okay, as far as it goes, but enjoying a beetle feast soaked in vegetable oil is more to their liking. My chooks are nothing if not connoisseurs and I am their favourite chef.
Every time I inspect my beehives I empty the beetle traps. I dump the small hive beetles that drown in the traps on two little posts in the retaining wall in my garden. I use veggie oil from my kitchen in the traps so bees (and chickens) don’t have any nasties to deal with. After being dumped, the beetles magically vanish into thin air. I used to wonder what happened to them. Now I know.
Here are my girls enjoying a free lunch.
Like I said, adorable!