"Van Raub Elementary School in Boerne has the best weapon for combating the cricket apocalypse yet: chickens. Seven chickens, all hens, were incubated and hatched by the kindergartners last school year, and there are plans to hatch more in the future."
These chickens were set loose and they're scratching and pecking but also eating the problem.
Crickets are a great snack for chickens! Think about all that protein!
"We keep our feathered students in coops, but they also need their exercise, so this helped get them really moving the past couple of days," Robinson said. "We don't want pesticides in schools when possible, so our approach was to use our campus chickens that the fourth graders take care of to eradicate our pests naturally."
Well, this is new 🦗 We are aware of the current cricket situation on campus, 'Runners. @UTSAFacilities is working on finding a solution for our chirping visitors. Thanks for your patience. Please refrain from feeding the crickets - they aren't as friendly as the squirrels. #UTSA pic.twitter.com/EdFd0zgvnA
— UTSA (@UTSA) October 8, 2019
What a great solution to pesticides.
You can also feed your chickens mealworms, grasshoppers and they also love black soldier fly snacks. There honestly isn't a better solution for pest control. We free-range our birds and they love finding crickets and bugs while they scratch and peck. Guinea Fowl is a great solution too. These edible insects are a great way to get this problem under control.
You may want to consider a Catchmaster Cricket Trap if you're being invaded. We're finding this works!
Know someone who would like to add chickens to their flock? Tell us in the comments below!