Poultry Pest Patrol: Control Insects With Barnyard Fowl

Our readers share reports of the very favorable results they've seen from putting their chickens, guineas, and ducks to work on pest patrol.



chicken mealworm
Chickens have a knack for scratching up food and seeing tiny bugs to eat.
DELLA CALFEE/GREEN STOCK MEDIA
poultry pest patrol -foraging chickens
Release your chickens to roam freely on pest patrol and you might be surprised how many bugs they find and eat(Chickens are not vegetarians!). 
PHOTO: JASON HOUSTON/GREEN STOCK MEDIA
guineas
Guineas are very alert and may be the first to warn ranging chickens of hawks overhead. 
ISTOCKPHOTO/JORY SHEPHERD
poultry pest patrol - duckling
Ducklings are irresistible! They’re easy to care for and consume lots of creepy critters you don’t want in your backyard. 
DWIGHT KUHN
poultry pest patrol - foraging ducks
Along with chickens, ducks are also avid foragers. Both love to sift through compost piles to search for insects and worms. 
ISTOCKPHOTO/CORNELIA PITHART
Three Chickens
Chickens are beautiful and entertaining to watch as they peck and scratch for bugs and weed seeds. 
JASON HOUSTON/GREEN STOCK MEDIA

















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