Garden Beetles toxic to Poultry???

Cottage Rose

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 24, 2008
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Mid west Michigan
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!
 

Crack N' Egg

Songster
10 Years
Jul 29, 2009
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Flemington, NJ
no way!!!!! I just googled them and I saw them at a larva stage. My chickens loved to eat them out of the ground!!!!
But they are still alive. How strange!
 

smilingcat

Songster
10 Years
Jun 1, 2010
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Pacific Northwest
Well this post made me go gulp!
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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