Garden Beetles toxic to waterfowl???

Cottage Rose

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 24, 2008
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67
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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!
 

Amiga

Overrun with Runners
10 Years
Jan 3, 2010
23,213
2,761
531
Southern New England
Breathe.


How long have they been eating the chafers? I found that reference, but no other on chafer toxicity. On the up side, I am sure they are not living on chafers. They have a balanced ration you provide, yes, and plenty of water?

Keep an eye on them, check on their output. You may want to contact a duck research center or avian vet and get them to verify or rebut the claim. Too bad internet claims are not always backed up with primary source information.

I tried getting my runners to eat red lily leaf beetles. They looked at them and then at me as if to say, "You have GOT to be kidding," and walked away.

Slugs, now, that's a different story . . .
 

Whowho

Hatching
Jan 17, 2018
2
1
8
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!
Did your runner ducks live??
 

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