Do you shell out the big bucks for protein supplements for your poultry? During molting season poultry owners will stop at almost nothing to increase their poultry’s protein consumption. What if I told you I had a free method of increasing your birds’ protein levels while allowing them to hone in on their natural instincts?
The method I am about to describe works with nocturnal poultry. Nocturnal poultry includes ducks, geese and swans. Some turkeys stay awake through the night as well. This won’t work for chickens, but fear not, I have an awesome solution for that.
Build a Solar Bug Trap
For this project you will need an old jar (spaghetti and mason jars work well), an outdoor solar light, tin foil, and a glue gun. Rocks are optional. Clean the label off of the jar. Sticky residue can be removed with some rubbing alcohol. Remove the plastic globe from your solar light. These often twist off so you can replace the batteries as needed.
If you want to weigh down your jar you can put in some rocks (decorative or otherwise). Then crumple up some tin foil. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I used a wooden spoon to flatten it out a bit.
Add hot glue to the rim of the jar. Push the solar light into place and wait a minute or two for the glue to cool.
Place your new solar bug trap outdoors. The sun will charge it during the day and it will turn on automatically at night, drawing in the moths and beetles. Want to catch even more bugs or nab a few for your chickens? Place the jar in a shallow dish of water. I recommend glass. Your jar should weigh enough to sink to the bottom on it’s own, but if it seems unstable, just pull off the light, remove the dried glue and add a bit more rocks.
Solar lights can be found for really cheap on Amazon. I got a great deal on some that were on clearance. I wish I could have gotten a decent picture of the bug trap in action. The ducks line up every night just waiting for the action to begin.
Great Ways to Trap Bugs for Chickens
You know those horrible Japanese Beetles that destroy your crops? They are a chicken favorite! Get a few of those Japanese Beetle Traps and when they get full, empty out the bag for your chickens to enjoy.
Take a stand against the mosquito population. Leave out a dish pan of water (I use an actual dish pan that seems to be just the perfect size). Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in the water. When you see little wiggling specks in the water, bring the dish in for your chickens to enjoy. They’ll love pecking at the moving specks.
I have heard that some people have great luck implementing a bug zapper in the same manner as the solar trap. You place a big dish or trash can lid under the zapper and it catches the fried buggies.
Have you tried any methods to supplement your poultry’s diet with bugs? I’d love to hear your ideas. Comment below and share those pearls of wisdom.
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