Treat a Millipede Infestation With Barred Rock Chickens

Barred Rock chickens love to eat millipedes.
June/July 2003
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/millipede-infestation-zm0z03zsie.aspx




I have been meaning to write to you on so many subjects since I first got a subscription in 2001. But the subject of poultry pest patrols hit home. We bought our dream property in June 2002 and have been working happily ever since to make it into what we really want. One of the goals was to have chickens. Fresh eggs, the farm atmosphere, roosters crowing in the morning — the whole effect. What we didn't realize was that we also would have a solution to a major pest problem here in our area: We have millipedes — hundreds of big, long, black ones! They invade our house, even the upstairs!

Well, when our chickens started to free-range several months ago, we noticed that our millipede infestation problem was diminishing. At first we thought it was the winter season that had discouraged the bugs, but now that the weather has warmed, we still are not having the problem we did last year, thanks to our wonderful Barred Rock chickens! So if anyone has the problem that we had with millipede migration, we can attest to an easy solution: chickens. We love 'em and are planning on letting them have chicks this year so we can enjoy more.

JOYCE LAWRENCE
Scappoose, Oregon