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Will Spiders Kill My Chickens?

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OK, I have found 2 chickens dead. One was a baby about a month old and it was with its mom, and the other was a silkie hen about 2 years  old. This happened 2 days apart. Both seemed very healthy the morning they passed. My silkie hen had just started to molt. I found the baby on top of the nest boxes almost dead and I tried to bring him back to life. I found my hen under a shed. She was not the mother of the baby. Neither have any marks on their bodies, no feathers missing, nothing. I do have black widows and brown rocluses here. I know they will do a number on a person but will they bother a chicken? What if they eat them? These chickens are my pets so I need to find out what is happening to them.

I have a wonderful husband, 4 horses, beagle/red tick hound mix (Derby), Rottweiler (Bettis), 1 shark, 10 other fish, 2 bad cats, 40-50 chickens, bunch of spiders and a few mice. And anything else that wonders up......
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I have a wonderful husband, 4 horses, beagle/red tick hound mix (Derby), Rottweiler (Bettis), 1 shark, 10 other fish, 2 bad cats, 40-50 chickens, bunch of spiders and a few mice. And anything else that wonders up......
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Here in the UK we do not have poisonous spiders like yours. My hens eat our spiders and seem to enjoy them. I hope someone from your area will have some advice for you soon.

I've only got 2 hens. They have names of course.

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I've only got 2 hens. They have names of course.

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Wow, that's sad.  I think those spiders run and hide if there's something close. 
Can you think of anything they would've eaten?  Poison?  Or the heat?  I don't know where you live, but they can die from the heat.  I hope some others can come up with ideas.

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RUNS WITH CHICKENS               

 

            Marek's FAQ  Nambroth's really BIG one!

 

            How to send a bird for a necropsy    by Casportpony

         

             Poultry-Pedia                

                    

        

                                            

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