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Derek
#1 Posted : Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:57:39 PM
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This year we purchased 12 hens, 4 Rhode Island Red, 4 Barred Rock and 4 Black Sex Linked.  We built a chicken moat around the garden for the chicken to patrol.  We've had really bad problems with ear wigs and slugs in the past.  I've seen our chickens go after and eat the slugs.  I can't say for certain if they do it regularly or if they've learned to avoid them after a few encounters but I can say for certain that the damage in the garden caused by both ear wigs and slugs is way down this year.  I still have been using eco slug bait though, but used this in previous years with some, but not complete success.  I have to say that I love my little anti-bug army!  Can't wait for eggs which should be coming in about a month. 

CountryfarmLifestyles
#2 Posted : Friday, February 19, 2010 4:33:17 AM
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Ducks are better at eating snails than chickens and do far less damage.

Ducks are great foragers and are quite happy to eat the snails and bugs in your garden. Unlike chickens they won't destroy your flowers or your vegetables although they may nibble at your new pea shoots and seedlings and other leafy crops. However, if you can put up with that, the advantages of having them there in your veggie patch eating cutworms, caterpillars, slugs and snails far outweighs the slight damage to your veggies by having them there. In addition, they will be leaving behind their manure which is high in nutrients and nitrogen which will go back into the soil.

Ducks will also have a go at eating any fallen fruit in your orchard and this is a good thing too, because any fruit flies that may think of laying eggs will soon be preyed upon by your resident ducks.

For more information see; http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/raising-ducks.html 

paul wheaton
#3 Posted : Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:42:28 PM
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Here is a video about training your chickens to eat the big slugs

http://www.youtube.com/paulwheaton12#p/u/0/xtcD2RcVgrk


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ChuckMI
#4 Posted : Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:42:28 PM
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I have read that most animals (and many birds) won't eat slugs because the slugs give off a nasty slime which tastes bad. But chickens cannot taste this slime, so they will eat slugs. Can anyone confirm this?

Marteen
#5 Posted : Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:38:48 AM
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Well great information on this page and helpful for other who are interested in these things.. Good work indeed keep it.!

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