A Superworm Fell On My Hen and Is Buried in Feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azhenhouse, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is probably the most stupidest question ever...but, can superworms harm a chicken? I was feeding my flock some superworms this morning, and I dropped some of the little nasties on one of my hens. Before I could get to her two crawled into her feathers, and now I can't find them. There is no harm, correct. Will they eventually fall off of her?
     
  2. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet she or the other hens will get them, sorry don't even know what these worms are, so not sure if they could reproduce and infest her
     
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Aren't those like mealworms? If so, they are just the larval or pupal form of a beetle. I wouldn't worry. [​IMG]
     
  4. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Are superworms the same thing as king mealworms? If so, I think she'll be just fine. It'll probably crawl around on her for a while and eventually be noticed by the other hens. Then, lunchtime!
     
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a type of beetle larva, similar to mealworms. No harm to chickens. It probably already fell out and they ate it. If not, it will eventually die from lack of food.
     
  6. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guess she'll have a great snack for later [​IMG]
     
  7. looptloop

    looptloop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! I just had to see what a superworm was! I'm sure if she didn't get it, another chicken did!
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You probably can't find it because it's inside of the birds now as they snatched it up faster than you can see.
     
  9. cityhermit

    cityhermit Out Of The Brooder

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    Nothing to fear. I've been raising superworms for my chickens and they go absolutely nuts over them -- one of their favorite treats. [​IMG]
     
  10. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Superworms are a favorite for our girls too.

    My guess is she will or has found it while she is preening herself or it will work out onto the ground and get snapped up. But I'm sure there is no potential for harm.
     

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