6 week old chick attacked by a spider

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gritsar, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I had the meaties outside this evening and was showing them where the best bugs could be found. Commercial meat birds are sorta clumsy and a bit slow, so it helps if I take them to a "can't miss" area to forage. It helps get them excited about catching bugs.
    So a wolf spider jumped out of the long grass and started scampering away. One of the young cockerels tried to grab it, but the spider jumped on him instead! It bit him and he jumped back screaming and fell over.
    The bite was so bad that after just a few minutes of flapping his wings, his whole side was covered in blood. I had to bring him in the house and bathe him to wash away the blood before his flock mates spotted it. I'll have to keep an eye on the bite.
    I had no idea a spider could be so aggressive.
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I . would. have. had. a. stroke!!...
    I cant take spiders.. espically those ones that jump on you and try to kill and eat you.
     
  3. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats bizare my chickens eat spiders

    Guiena fowl
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:So do my big chickens, but as I said this is a 6 week old meat chick and he's a bit slow in the head, not to mention less than fast on his feet.
     
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  5. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

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    Hmm...

    Wolf spiders are relatively harmless... But they're pretty big. Keep an eye on him and make sure the bite doesn't get infected. I suggest Neosporin pain relief on his open wounds- it cleans the wound without stinging.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

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    Quote:Ditto. I can handle any other creepy crawlie that comes my way. But not spiders!
     
  7. mickistoy

    mickistoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ditto. I can handle any other creepy crawlie that comes my way. But not spiders!

    x2!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Tiffany

    Tiffany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ditto. I can handle any other creepy crawlie that comes my way. But not spiders!

    x2!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]

    X3, yuck I hate spiders and those wolf spider are the worst. They will lunge at a person in a heartbeat so a baby chick is no big deal to them. Mean gits they r!
     
  9. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

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    Years ago when I was dating my first boyfriend, a rather LARGE wolf spider lived on our porch. It gave me the heebee-geevies, and I asked him to kill it for me. He refused, saying that they were beneficial. Little did I know that it could have lunged and tried to exsanguinate me at any given moment! I hate spiders and now have a very good reason to want them all dead. Poor little birdie [​IMG]
     
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  10. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard the pain relief in that neosporin is dangerous for chickens.
     

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