After several years of having my potager with just an electric fence round to keep out the cows we have this year gone for a fence with grillage (chicken wire) round!
Though we have had Colorado beetle before, we have been swamped this year, despite spending hours out there picking off the little bliters and popping them in a bowl of alcool à brûler (meths).
I cannot say that I have noticed the chickens particularly target the potatoes in previous years but I cant help wondering if the increase in beetle and exclusion of the chickens are not connected.
Surfing the web (as you do) brings conflicting opinions about whether chickens eat the beetle/grubs, most saying that they will not.
I cannot help wondering if the question is not whether they eat the beetle, because I think some do.
But perhaps what breeds eat the beetle?
I have a Leghorn, a Maran and a Waren and I have seen one eat them but I didn't noticed which one, as it never occured to me that they may not all eat them.
Question : Do your chickens / Bantoms eat the grubs (or beetles) of the Colorado beetle and what breeds or a melange of breeds they are??
Let me know your observations. I need to get some more chicken and this will definitely influence my choice.
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Colorado beetles are a notifiable pest in the UK, so not something I've ever seen. However, all of my poultry will eat anything that moves, even earwigs which is a pity because I'm told they eat red mite.
Guinea fowl & a lot of surplus poultry equipment.