Chicken ate a baby lizard!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cukuriku, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. cukuriku

    cukuriku Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I imagine that this isn't totally crazy, but being that this is something totally new in their food interests, I figured I'll ask, even though it's a source of protein which shouldn't harm them. I have plenty of lizards naturally crawling around here (Israel) so it would be useful to know. If it's no harm whatsoever, should I catch them as well to feed it to them? Is it just ok every now and then?
     
  2. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Florida and we also have a ton of lizards. My chickens eat them whenever they can find and catch them. No harm to the chickens at all - it's part of the free-range foraging circle of life. Since we have a ton of bugs in FL, I prefer that my chickens not eat the lizards so that they can continue assisting with the bug problem. I guess it would be up to you whether you want your lizards to become food or stay around to do their job.
     
  3. cukuriku

    cukuriku Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol well, I guess they don't take care of swarms of ants, nor do they take care of the ground-digging hornets and massive wasps that live in our backyard tree, they're all really annoying in this season and the lizards aren't doing that much good, so I guess I don't mind if from time to time they eat a lizard or two. Btw, this time my son found it and caught it, and tossed it into the run, and oh my was that hen excited-swallowed it whole!! [​IMG] So I guess that'll be the fate of the lizards in the yard from now on...thanks for the help!
     
  4. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of days ago, I was in the the pen and noticed a small toad, about the size of a large grape with legs. I let it be. Two hens see it and investigate, but leave it be. A third sees it and in two seconds she swallowed it. The only thing I catch for them are insects if I happen to see one or see a hen eyeballing one that's out of her reach. GC
     

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