Yesterday afternoon while free-ranging, mama found a tasty treat which she promptly shared with her chicks! One ran in, grabbed it and dashed off. Everyone followed. There was such a commotion that I got closer to check it out and sure enough, that itty bitty was trying to eat a GIANT black widow spider! You could see the hourglass on it's tummy. I tried to get it from the chick, but then I realized that even if I caught it, I couldn't exactly grab the spider, not to mention I couldn't catch that chick any better then her brothers & sisters could! I was worried sick about her last night, but this morning she is doing just fine! So, do chicks & chickens know what they can and can't eat? Or is it purely luck that my itty bitty is fine this morning?