Gruesome Compost Bugs

Gruesome Compost Bugs

Another gross post, just in time for Halloween:

One disgusting by-product of composting is the beetle grubs.  I wrote about the other gross insect in the compost, black soldier fly previously.  As a novice, when I first started composting, I really hated these bugs.  Now, for me, they have become such a common part of composting and gardening, I will pick them up with my bare hands.  What has become of me?  Yuck!  Ewwwgh!

However, to the delight of the chickens, we have tons of them, and this is why I take the time to pick them out. This is a chicken delicacy and their version of peel and eat shrimp.  My chickens look like a bunch of Black Friday Christmas shoppers rushing into a store for a door buster sale at 5AM.  It is a total mob scene if I make the mistake of offering only one or two of these gruesome bugs.  The reason I don’t wear my gloves when offering these to the chickens is they are used to treats coming in bare hands.  With a glove on, it is a little scarey to them and they avoid my hand.  With “no glove on” it must be something good!

beetle grubs in lawn
Pictured above, a chicken is about to snatch a grub from my hand. Prissy, this buff Cochin, could really use the extra protein since she is going through an awful molt right now.

Most of the grubs are larvae stage of the green fruit beetle.  Yesterday afternoon, I emptied my compost bin.  As a result, I managed to pick out enough grubs to fill half of a quart size mason jar.  It was an all you can eat buffet for the chickens.  I then used the compost to fertilize the lawns.

dug up nasty bugs for chickens
A Mad dash of chickens to get to the first grubs I offered yesterday. Lucky for the lower ranking hens, I had a pint worth for them to share.

One thought on “Gruesome Compost Bugs

  1. I, too, am finding white grubs in my beds but I don’t think they are the green beetle grubs. They’re in the lawn too. I wish I had chickens! I hope I am not in trouble gardening wise with these things.

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