disgusting question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MiddleChild, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Songster

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    i saw someone once who cut the slugs in half before giving them to her chickens, apparently exposing their insides was enough to show the hens that slugs were food (in her case).

    having access to the outside world in general is a risk of exposure to parasites... it's not something you're ever going to control, unless you keep your chickens totally inside forever (and even then, sometimes they get in). bugs are great free food for chickens. if you're really worried about parasites, you can research deworming and treat if needed. [​IMG]
     
  2. rolffamily

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    It's my guess none of you free range. They would eat a dead chicken (not to mention a slug) if running loose and could forage.
     
  3. mamabigbird

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    Quote:Oh mine free range daily on 3+ acres of blackberry and wild bush bits between the paddocks and I try not to intrude on their natural quest for tasty bits.
    But I've also seen them side-stepping around slugs with what can only be "the dreaded stink-eye."
     
  4. Quote:Keep your hens in little cages in your house and give them a flea bath everyday. Seriously, if they are outdoors they are going to be exposed to parasites. Nothing you can really do about it. Birds eat bugs, bugs carry parasites.
     
  5. tuckertori

    tuckertori In the Brooder

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    I was hoping my girls would eat slugs, but now that I know about parasites, maybe I will change my hopes! They have eaten very small, 1 inch or less, but have never seen them eat bigger ones. And believe me...in Western Washington...this wet summer, I have had 8 inchers. I have "garden scissors" and cut 'em when I see 'em. I cut 20-30 a day. They do way more damage to my garden than the chickens.[​IMG]
     

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