Brown Recluse Dangerous for RR's to eat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sketch, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Sketch

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've a question that I've not been able to find much of an answer on here. I do apologize if its a repost. I am thinking of moving my coop behind our shed, next to a wood pile. now, I know my chickens love their bugs, but seeing as we're in "blown recluse" country, I wasn't sure if it was a good idea. I've not actually seen any - mostly wolf spiders or smaller varieties. If i move the coop next to the wood pile, and IF a brown recluse gets into the coop or the chickens find one while wandering, is it dangerous to the chickens both as the biter or the bitee??

    Also, I sprayed my garden with Sevin about 6-8 weeks ago. I was wondering if it was safe to let the chickens loose in the garden (fenced in), as they might eat dead bugs that were killed by the sevin - I have not searched the forum for this topic (sorry).

    Thanks!
     
  2. beachchickie

    beachchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bite would most likely kill. I doubt if they would eat the spiders but if they did I don't think it would hurt them.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I do not recall ever reading on here of a chicken/brown recluse problem, and there are brown recluses as well as plenty of black widows where I live. I have never had a problem like this, either.
     
  4. BYC_In_Long_Beach

    BYC_In_Long_Beach Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens eat black widow spiders and they love them!
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Eating them doesn't pose a problem.

    AL
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wouldn't be a good thing for the spider but the chickens would probably love the snack.
     
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    We love seeing our chickens eat Black Widow spiders which I believe are even more deadly than Brown Recluse.
     

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