Garden Beetles toxic to Poultry???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cottage Rose, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read this!
    "A word of warning to folks who keep free-range poultry:
    Rose Chafers can poison and kill poultry and other birds."
    No further explaination was offered.

    I have tons of Rose Chafers right now and my 3 week old Runner Ducklings have been gobbling them up!
    Does anybody know anything about this?
    I'm freaking out!
     
  2. Crack N' Egg

    Crack N' Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] no way!!!!! I just googled them and I saw them at a larva stage. My chickens loved to eat them out of the ground!!!![​IMG] But they are still alive. How strange!
     
  3. blk90s13

    blk90s13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found this:
    http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG189/html/Rose_Chafer.HTML

    Apparently it is true. They contain a chemical called cantharidin, a blistering agent. It didn't say how many beetles would have to be eaten to cause a problem and only referred to problems with horses injesting Blister Beetle contaminated hay.

    Now what?!??? [​IMG]
     
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  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    It seems to be the mature beetles, not the larvae, that are a problem. I suspect they also taste bad.
     
  6. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducklings are eating the adults which I have tons of!
     
  7. blk90s13

    blk90s13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandma always said if its harmful the animals wont eat it. keep your fingers crossed
     
  8. smilingcat

    smilingcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well this post made me go gulp! [​IMG] We currently have harlequin bugs in our veggie patch. It's a constant battle with them as they multiply at a blink of an eye. Figured I could let loose my chicks in the garden and let them have at it. Can't do too much damage to turnips, lima bean bushes, garlic...

    If other beetles are toxic I was wondering about harlequin bugs so checked harlequin bug and it says
    Despite their "warning coloration", they are non-toxic and can be safely fed to poultry or pet reptiles or amphibians.

    whew!! check which specie. Not all are toxic.​
     

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