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can chickens eat Maggots??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bleenie, May 26, 2010.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I moved a watering tub in the coop today and found tons of maggots under it, the chickens had obviously been pecking around the tub so there must have been more around it. there was only broken down stall pellets around and under the dish, no thing they could 'feed' on. The chickens went nuts on them after i moved the dish but I am worried about them eating them. I also have ducks in the pen.

    are maggots safe for them to eat?
    should i worry?
    any chance of illness from them eating them??

    i don't understand why they were there, I have never seen any before or any signs of them before, not even under the big watering tub. could the pellets be the cause??
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants Premium Member

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    yes chickens can eat maggots, good protein source for them. I've read on here were some people even make blood/ofal buckets [​IMG] to lure flies/create maggots as a food source.

    flies like poop so could have drawn them.
     
  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    my girls love em.... ewwwww...... and the ducks love the flies- so no they aren't dangerous, just gross in our minds.... wait till they play tugawar with a frog!
     
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  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    Mine love them too .. I can't watch them though ... [​IMG]
     
  5. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens love maggots!
    In the wilds they would eat bugs and grubs so it's completely natural.
    There shouldn't be a chance of illness from the maggots or getting sick.
     
  6. magic maker

    magic maker Out Of The Brooder

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    Bantimna's profile pic gives me the creepies!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. Pirate my baby

    Pirate my baby Out Of The Brooder

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    i dont think chickens can eat maggots my mother said that if the maggots are alive they will eat the chickens insides and end ip killing the chicken
    P.S pirate is my roster phoenix breed and he only has 1 eye
     
  8. Pirate my baby

    Pirate my baby Out Of The Brooder

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    i dont think chickens can eat maggots my mother said that if the maggots are alive they will eat the chickens insides and end ip killing the chicken
    P.S pirate is my roster phoenix breed and he only has 1 eye
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: Your mother is mistaken
    Maggots don't survive being eaten
     
  10. Bubba56

    Bubba56 New Egg

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    I feed my chickens grubs I dig up in the yard and pet store.live meal worms and wax worms I buy from my local
     

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