The other day I released a cock for a little R&R. While out he hit the fresh gut pile remaining after I dressed a rabbit where he consumed most of the small intestines. Shortly thereafter he got a good amount of mealworms and a little mixed to boot. Over the next couple hours he foraged for greens and grounded insects. During this time I was prepping for next year’s garden and flipped over a large board under which a few darkling beetles and a lot of pillbugs / rolly pollies / sowbugs / isopods could be found he consumed all the insects quickly but the isopods are what kept him scratching there for the next hour. He consumed enough to fill his crop. During summer the chickens tend to overlook the isopods in favor of the grasshoppers which are fewer, harder to catch but much larger. It was very interesting to see a bird consume so many of the little crustaceans. I suspect that in terms of biomass the isopods exceed that of all the other arthropods.