could wasp sting kill chick

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lillybird, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Lillybird

    Lillybird New Egg

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    I have 5.... 2 day old Wyandotte chicks.. all of them seemed to be drinking and pecking food.. this morning one was dead... tonight I find down the side of the brooder a huge wasp.. could this have stung the chick and killed it? I am in the UK and it wasn't a hornet, just a common wasp. As I am new to this could someone suggest why it died.. thank you.
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Possibly. The venom causes swelling and a sting in the wrong spot might have closed the airways.

    I don't think the wasp has enough venom to kill a chick by poisoning it. The things they kill are quite small. Multiple stings by many wasps might possibly kill a chick.
     
  3. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    Sure, why not. Wasp stings can kill people who are allergic. I have a dog who is allergic. So, why not a chicken?
     

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