Can chickens eat stink bugs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WhiteLeghorn2, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

    Aug 8, 2013
    I live in Maryland, and our state is pretty much infested with stinkbugs in the fall and winter. I'm not kidding. I could probably count hundreds just on our porch, let alone the yard, shed, and coop. They're EVERYWHERE. It's discusting. It is the Asian Stinkbug, which are very unintelligent creatures, whom always seem to fly at you, instead of AWAY from you when they are scarred. ***DUMB BUGS!** [​IMG] Anyway, if you touch them they spray you with a chemical from their glands, and it STINKS. ANYWAYS, a few of my chickens LOVE these things and eat them whenever they can catch one. Are they safe for a chicken to eat? I would assume they spray the chemical inside the chickens mouth in self defense, which I'm hoping isn't harmful to the chickens.
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  2. Janet Pesaturo

    Janet Pesaturo Chirping

    Sep 30, 2013
    Bolton, MA, USA
    I wouldn't worry about it. We have bazillions of stink bugs here, too. My chickens roam in a large fenced in yard, and eat whatever bugs they want. I haven't paid much attention to which bugs they're eating, but they certainly have plenty of opportunity to eat stink bugs, and they're still thriving. I have 15 chickens, and 5 or 6 of them are over 5 years old, so whatever the bugs they're eating don't hurt them.
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  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    My chickens. If they can catch it, they eat it. They forage all day.

    I know what stink bug you mean. Fortunately, we haven't had an infestation here, or the chickens keep them under control.

  4. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

    Aug 8, 2013
    Thanks for the reply.
  5. CristinaB

    CristinaB Chirping

    Oct 15, 2013
    Knoxville Maryland
    Mine have put a HUGE dent in the stink bug population. We take a lot of joy in knocking the annoying pests off the house and watching the chickens and Guineas devour them. They say these bugs have no natural predator... but there is a good solution... get some chickens! The chickens do a great job of eating the nymphs too. Win-win if you ask me!
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  6. sampitter

    sampitter Hatching

    Apr 21, 2014
    One can easily see stink bugs in elk grove and when ever my chicken catches them, they eat them. I always try to keep stink bugs away from my chickens and for that I have recently called pest control elk grove team and they sprayed some pesticides. But still I use to see stink bugs..... I tried of them...... Can anyone help me?
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