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Tomato Hornworms

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I have found to different places on here about the tomato hornworm. One says don't feed to chickens because they eat tomatos and the other one says they love them. Can someone tell me which one it is?

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post #2 of 24

My BR loves them.  Haven't had a problem.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #3 of 24

my birds love them as well


I'll tell you how to get rid of them though. Hang a bug zapper light up near your tomato plants and keep it on at night. The moths lay eggs on the tomato plants that turn into the hornworms, kill the moths = no worms on tomatoes. I haven't found a tomato "hornworm" at all this year!!!

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post #4 of 24

I've had really good luck with companion planting - supposedly planting things like pungent herbs, onions and garlic around your tomatoes will repel tomato hornworms. I stopped getting them the year I put basil plants in among my tomatoes, but it could just be a coincidence.

I have to admit though, I would love to see what my chickens would do with them. smile

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The hatch cam is LIVE! Watch it here.

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3 old hens and 23 that will be laying or crowing soon! Photos of my flock including Speckled Sussex crosses (Black Star and EE), plus chick sexing tips here.

Candling pics here.

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Originally Posted by SmittenChicken 

I've had really good luck with companion planting - supposedly planting things like pungent herbs, onions and garlic around your tomatoes will repel tomato hornworms. I stopped getting them the year I put basil plants in among my tomatoes, but it could just be a coincidence.

I have to admit though, I would love to see what my chickens would do with them. smile


They play a great game of keep away! lol

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #6 of 24

Great idea about the bug zapper, I am going to have to give that a try! I have had hornworms that were so big, I would be afraid to feed them to my chickens for fear they would be able to take a banty in a one on one cage match. yippiechickie

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post #7 of 24

I've heard of people feeding them to reptiles.  They tend to be a lot more cautious about what they feed than is required for chickens so I doubt there is any danger.

post #8 of 24

What about the "horn"? Do you snip it off or leave it on?

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post #9 of 24

The hornworms given to reptiles are not raised on tomato leaf diet. They are even a different color green from the feed they get.
Tomato leaf is suppose to be poison.

post #10 of 24

Our hens love them (horn and all) and we've had no health problems. Om nom nom.

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