MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection
Join in ... sign up
 
Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Members | Search | FAQ
Username:
Password:
Save Password        REGISTER
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 General Chat Forum
 Barnyard Buddies
 Chicken info I just learned
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Author Barnyard Buddies: Previous Topic Chicken info I just learned Next Topic  

MiaBella
True Blue Farmgirl

100 Posts

Michelle
New Caney TX
USA
100 Posts

Posted - May 03 2012 :  06:38:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know if any of you have this problem or have had it in the past but it is really bugging me so I went down to my local feed store and asked the owner.

First, I have a snake eating my eggs so I wanted to purchase some of those "fake eggs". He did not sell them, he said they were expensive and did not work. If the snake is strong enough it can still crush those ceramic eggs then come back for the real ones. He suggested GOLF BALLS instead. He explained that the hens will sit on them and get the egg scent on them and then the snake will go for them. The snakes CANNOT crush a golf ball.

Second, I am swarmed by mosquitoes every day when I open the nesting box lid to collect eggs. I don't want to spray anything in there for fear it will harm the hens and I don't like using harsh chemicals. The feed store owner told me to dust the boxes with DE (Diatomaceous Earth) dust them heavy! In addition, I can add it to their food...which I knew that, but just have not been doing it.

I already had the DE and the golf balls, so he did not sell me a thing but gave plenty of FREE advice


Michelle
Farmgirl Sister #4097

MiaBella Farm
New Caney, TX
www.miabellafarm.com

queenmushroom
True Blue Farmgirl

883 Posts

Lorena
Centerville Me
USA
883 Posts

Posted - May 03 2012 :  07:03:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you look in farming magazines (I get horse illustrated) there are beneficial larvae that feed on fly larvae. I don't know if they feed on mosquito larvae or not. I've never used it, personally, because I don't have farm critters. It might be worth looking up on line and calling the company for more information.

Patience is worth a bushel of brains...from a chinese fortune cookie
Go to Top of Page

MiaBella
True Blue Farmgirl

100 Posts

Michelle
New Caney TX
USA
100 Posts

Posted - May 03 2012 :  12:00:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a good idea, of course I'll have to keep this to myself...the last time I told my husband I was buying some beneficial Nematodes he scoffed at me...invisible bugs...right!

Michelle
Farmgirl Sister #4097

MiaBella Farm
New Caney, TX
www.miabellafarm.com
Go to Top of Page

crittergranny
True Blue Farmgirl

1096 Posts

Laura
Lindrith NM
USA
1096 Posts

Posted - May 03 2012 :  7:41:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there stagnant water closeby..or maybe an old tire where water is trapped where the mosquitoes are breeding. I've heard that a cup of cooking oil in a little pond can cut down on them if thats where they are coming from.
Laura

Horse poor in the boonies.

www.nmbarrelhorses.com
Go to Top of Page

acairnsmom
True Blue Farmgirl

1319 Posts

audrey
cheyenne wy
1319 Posts

Posted - May 04 2012 :  4:09:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not sure if this would work but dryer sheets (like Bounce) ward of mosquitto's on people. Maybe try rubbing the lid of the nesting box with a couple of dryer sheets? I would suggest you hang them up somewhere but I'm afraid the hens would try to eat them. Just a random thought.

Audrey

http://prairiecairncottage.blogspot.com/
Good boy Hobbs! I love and miss you.
Go to Top of Page

sherrye
True Blue Farmgirl

3775 Posts

sherry
bend in the high desert oregon
USA
3775 Posts

Posted - May 04 2012 :  6:08:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
if the skeeters are hatching buy donuts. they are a parasite that kills the larvae of mosquitoes. they are called mosquito dunks. they work great. D.E. in their food causes the fly larvae to get cut up when layed in the manure the D. E. is like a saw to them. stays in the poop when pooped. just a thought. we use acv in our plastic stock tanks for algae.

the learn as we go silk purse farm
farm girl #1014
Go to Top of Page

MiaBella
True Blue Farmgirl

100 Posts

Michelle
New Caney TX
USA
100 Posts

Posted - May 04 2012 :  6:31:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No standing water, have put the dunks in the chicken water (which is an automatic water system), already put DE in their food. Have not tried the dryer sheets, but will hang them in the coop, it is a high ceiling so I can put them where the chickens can't reach. Great suggestions thanks ladies!

Michelle
Farmgirl Sister #4097

MiaBella Farm
New Caney, TX
www.miabellafarm.com
Go to Top of Page

countrymommy85
True Blue Farmgirl

870 Posts

Krystle
Polson MT
USA
870 Posts

Posted - May 05 2012 :  06:58:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are some herbs that natural repel mosquitos, I can't remember off hand what they are but I wonder if you feed them to your chickens if it will have the same result? I think basil was one of them... Also, the bounce sheet should work if you can hang them in your coop. Best of luck to you!

Mothers are those wonderful people who can get up in the morning before the smell of coffee. ~Author Unknown

http://countryrenaissance.blogspot.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SunflowersAndHoney
Go to Top of Page

crittergranny
True Blue Farmgirl

1096 Posts

Laura
Lindrith NM
USA
1096 Posts

Posted - May 05 2012 :  1:05:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
About the snake, if it's not poisonous could you catch it and relocate it somewhere far from your house? Many species can be very beneficial pest control. We like to catch them and put them down a gopher hole.
Laura

Horse poor in the boonies.

www.nmbarrelhorses.com
Go to Top of Page

MiaBella
True Blue Farmgirl

100 Posts

Michelle
New Caney TX
USA
100 Posts

Posted - May 05 2012 :  3:27:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Snake was re-homed.

Michelle
Farmgirl Sister #4097

MiaBella Farm
New Caney, TX
www.miabellafarm.com
Go to Top of Page
  Barnyard Buddies: Previous Topic Chicken info I just learned Next Topic  
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection © 2014 MaryJanesFarm Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000