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Forest Tent Caterpillars (Malacosoma disstria) : Safe to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by uncertainty, May 18, 2016.

  1. uncertainty

    uncertainty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good morning; Overnight tent caterpillars have appeared. Eeeewwww. I have my first flock of 8 day old chicks who all seem well and active. Is it safe/prudent to offer a few caterpillars to the chicks? I have 25 chicks so, at a guess for quantity perhaps a dozen or so of the disgusting caterpillars per day? Many thanks for any advice you have to offer.
     
  2. mikecfry

    mikecfry Out Of The Brooder

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    Curious about this too. We have tent caterpillars EVERYWHERE. My girls are older (ranging 6-10 weeks) - any issues with caterpillars for some bonus protein?
     
  3. Sea2Ski

    Sea2Ski Out Of The Brooder

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    My birds will not eat them. When I first put them in the run and saw them, they tried them then never ate them. Since then they ignore the caterpillars.
     
  4. uncertainty

    uncertainty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input, Sea2Ski. Blast; I was hoping the darn things would at least serve a useful purpose. Harvesting caterpillars is not something I am willing to undertake without a pretty certain happy outcome so I will let that go for now and carry on spraying the caterpillars with soapy water till they pupate. Ick.
     

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