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DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:39 pm
by Lentil
What should I do with my dead slugs?
I can collect 2lb of slugs and snails in one night! I either cut them in half with scissors (very quick death) or collect a bagfull (using two layers of old bread wrappers) and stand on them to crush, which is easier with snails. This leaves a very smelly and sometimes leaky bag of goo, I keep it outside till bin day and then overwrap it with newspaper and another old bag or two. I then put it into the landfill bin: It still smells!
It might be OK to put them into the garden waste bin but they smell terrible and would stick to the bin for ever.

My worms might eat them but I fear the smell. Wish I kept chickens!

Just thought! Could they be dried and given to chicken keepers for winter food? Seems cruel to dry them alive though.
Think I need a hedgehog or several!

From: Walsall, West Mids. UK

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:52 pm
by Green Aura
Can't help - we usually chuck them in next doors garden - although recent research by Radio 4 suggests snails can travel huge distances and have homing instincts :shock:

However, assuming you only wanted to start this thread once, I've deleted the other two! :lol:

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:56 pm
by Lentil
Thank You!

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:42 am
by pelmetman
Don't know about slugs but we've eaten snails when we go to in France :(

Not sure if you can eat the common snail in this country :dontknow:
Sue :flower:

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:00 am
by greenorelse
What about starting a small compost heap? Your garden waste bin would be empty then!

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:02 am
by Odsox
My chicken love snails but won't touch slugs for some reason.
I was very impressed with my cockerel when he first arrived, he would break open the snail shells and then step back for his ladies to snack on. Now though he's just as likely to wolf them down himself, so I don't know if he doesn't need to "woo" his ladies any more or if he's just a starved chauvinist. :iconbiggrin:

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:49 pm
by mollypea
Here you go - http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/c ... cook-slugs - though even Hugh wasn't too impressed with the taste!

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:00 pm
by Flo
Ducks love them. Also if drowned in beer, why not leave them where the carrion (rooks, crows, jackdaws ...) can clear them for you?

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:51 pm
by Dr.Syn
Yes similar to Flo Why not the bird table

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:53 am
by Lentil
Yes! Snails were called Wall Fruit in this country, but no way am I going to eat slugs or snails: Yuk!

I meant to say compost heap, not waste bin, but they stink in the compost bin & encourage more to come: I am talking pounds of them at a time here.

Thanks for snails but not slugs for chickens (funny cockeral: Males!)

They crawl off B4 birds get them & disgusting when cut up (eggs ooze out too).

*Think it is going to have to be a rescued hedgehog as garden is quite secure.

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:34 am
by pelmetman
Hi Lentil

Hedgehogs are good for eating snails but only as long as you don't have badgers around as they will kill them. We didn't realise this until we went to a talk held by the local hedgehog rescue and because we have loads of badgers here we weren't allowed a hedgehog :(

Another good idea would be to make a wild life pond, this will encourage frogs and toads. Also feed the birds, blackbirds and thrushes love snails.

In previous years we have been unindated with slugs and snails but for some reason haven't seen many at all this year.:iconbiggrin:

Sue :flower:

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:41 pm
by Thomzo
Green Aura wrote:Can't help - we usually chuck them in next doors garden - although recent research by Radio 4 suggests snails can travel huge distances and have homing instincts :shock:


They sure can/do. My mum once carried out an experiment. She painted nail varnish on the shells of some snails, then threw them into the neighbouring field. A few days later she had a garden full of brightly coloured snails.

Zoe

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:59 pm
by greenorelse
Lentil wrote:I meant to say compost heap, not waste bin


Right, I didn't get your set-up there, sorry.

Lentil wrote:but they stink in the compost bin & encourage more to come: I am talking pounds of them at a time here.


Maybe you need something to absorb the smell - we use straw and sawdust. The sawdust works well but you need a lot of moisture to keep the heap working.

That said, I have to admit to having ducks, who adore slugs. :king:

Are there any nematode-type thingys that eat slug eggs, does anyone know?

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:28 pm
by Lentil
I would love a pond, Sue, but arthritis makes it hard to clean out! Maybe I could have a raised one?
I have my Petit Pond for the birds (just a big recycled pate dish).

Zoe, I love your homing snails story, LOL.

greenorelse, I would love a duck or two (are they happy if only one?) but friend said neighbours would complain.
A slug egg eater would be fantastic, I will try googling it: Nemotodes to eat slugs from the inside out are too cruel & expensive too I have looked into those a while back.
Can I put them in the outside wormery, I wonder? I will try a few in both types of compost maker, I think.
Phew! This is getting complicated: But fun!

Re: DEAD SLUGS

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:21 am
by Lost-in-the-Day
Apparently centipedes like eating slugs, though I have no idea how you'd go about encouraging them into your garden beyond having some logs for them to live in. Other slug eaters I've heard of are ground beetles, black birds, slow worms, newts, frogs, toads and of course hedgehogs.

I'd suggest you double check with your neighbours first to see how they feel about ducks before ruling them out completely.