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Forest Tent Caterpillars (Malacosoma disstria) : Safe to feed?

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Good morning; Overnight tent caterpillars have appeared.  Eeeewwww.  I have my first flock of 8 day old chicks who all seem well and active.  Is it safe/prudent to offer a few caterpillars to the chicks? I have 25 chicks so, at a guess for quantity perhaps a dozen or so of the disgusting caterpillars per day? Many thanks for any advice you have to offer.

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Curious about this too.  We have tent caterpillars EVERYWHERE.  My girls are older (ranging 6-10 weeks) - any issues with caterpillars for some bonus protein?

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My birds will not eat them. When I first put them in the run and saw them, they tried them then never ate them. Since then they ignore the caterpillars.
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Thanks for the input, Sea2Ski. Blast; I was hoping the darn things would at least serve a useful purpose. Harvesting caterpillars is not something I am willing to undertake without a pretty certain happy outcome so I will let that go for now and carry on spraying the caterpillars with soapy water till they pupate. Ick.
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