I have to say, I am AMAZED at the amount of bugs a bird can consume! Just sitting at my computer and looking out the window, I can see our bug control team hard at work! The workers that deserve the 'grand champion' of bug eating award are the turkeys! From 6am this morning, they have head their heads down to the ground, eating bugs. They move around the farm in little groups consuming bugs and grass in their path. Wonderful!
Our ducks would come in second place, followed by the chickens. Don't get me wrong, the chickens consume tons of bugs also, but they tend to take more breaks than the duck crews and the turkey crews.
In addition to bug control, they are fertilizing my farm! That brings up another issue for us, fencing. It is now necessary to invest in fencing around our house and drive. Sometimes I feel like I am playing hopscotch around the bird poop to get to the car!
These birds were the best investment we have made in bug control. The only bugs that still seem to be a hassle are the ants and flies. Not too bad!