Things that stretch feed $$$ are fermented feed and fodder and other occasional supplements (bugs naturally)
- Do not take new logs at ants fly season. May miss them. If you have to only take green logs from healthy tree removal.
- Always watch and observe your logs. As soon as the pile is dropped of, check each log, have drop off site 100 feet from any building or structure if you are not using these logs immediately, I do use the logs on the day of the drop off, rarely on next day (weather permitting). I always look through all the logs and sort these same day.
- I have large fire pit where I can utilize unwanted logs.
- Have tree service watch for you, good relationships help a lot and tree service one works with n regular bases. Out of many truck loads of logs I've got buggy logs only once and not many of them (3).
- Ants are nocturnal, also the flight time is April-May in my area. So in cold weather any present bugs will be staying in the log hiding.
- If you have wild birds on site they will be interested in the logs and will be cleaning. If there is a lot of interest go observe why is that so.
- When you tumble logs the stuff comes out, watch what comes out. Always.
- If you found ants, like carpenter ants, they do not like borax, it kills the queen in the nest. Mix borax with powdered sugar 1/1 and leave it there for them, they will bring that in. Results in dead nest.
- Infected logs cut and burn asap. Fire takes care if any bug problem.
- If you can not burn logs same day (wind, rain). Treat the perimeter with diatomatios earth generously if you do not have anything else on site. DE is not a cure but will keep them more contained.
- 2 things get bugs on contact: 1) horse stables and barn powder. Has Permethrin. Treat the logs every hole and around the logs. tested on test carpenter ants, 100% of test ants were dead in the jar. 2) In organic poultry management they use spinosad. This one also takes ants down on contact. spray the log, holes, around it. Both are non selective. Insecticides for horses link for reference.
- If the ant flight season is just about, additional precautions need to be in place if such a log landed on site. Treat all the logs (all exists holes) with permethrin dust (cheaper than spinosad to get). It's used to treat lice on horses and in barns. It's systemic and toxic to aquatic life so proper precaution should be made accordingly. That's your overnight treatment before such a log goes into the fire. This one kills ans on contact.
- If you have nothing else at all 409 general purpose cleaner kills ant on contact, and wasps too.
- In cold weather this kind of a thing is not necessary if you are burning the logs same day, ants will stay in the log whatever was outside red robins will clear spotless. Burn the logs asap, when fire pit is hot no ant will escape. And check the birds clean up job t just in case. It's the winger weens and not winged queens you want to eliminate. Workers without a queen will not make it and be dead and eaten by birds next day when they go wonder for trouble.
- Also ants want dead decaying not dry wood. So know your bugs, go hang out with entomologists :), it's some fun learning anyways. And very useful when one uses eco materials.
Also fermented feed is used in winter. Very good on cold nights, good for the gut health.
I use 2 bucket system. One with holes one without. I do rinse my grain twice , esp useful if one has in fermented feed sunflower seeds.
I mix the feed twice a day, so it stays nice and ferments
Chickens also eat snow in winter-spring quite ok.
The preferred grain I sprout is barley
I use tire for the dust bath, in winter I use a bit of coarse sand and ashes. That's why I have logs and burn them too, and no one denies good kebabs, right :).
Here is a tire upscale with the permission f the photos owner from local chicken forum. Whoever has ducks and has logs that's a creative way to make a pool. One truck tire (same I use fr my dust bath)
Fox proof entrance.
PS: ameraucana passed that year from internal injuries, fox got her by the neck. Wyandotte is still here, more skittish so after the fox attack and first one to alert the flock.