Help! She ate a salamander!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hb, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. hb

    hb In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2007
    SF Bay Area, California
    Does anyone know if a chicken eats a salamander is it poisonous to her? I think that they have toxic secretions on their skin. I tried to get it out of her beak but she ran away and scarfed it down.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Just keep an eye on her. I'm sure mine have scarfed that down along with tons of other creatures including baby snakes and night crawlers. If you know there are poisonous animals there, just keep an eye on her.
  3. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    i would think that she'd be fine
  4. Roux

    Roux Songster

    Do you know what kind of salamander?
  5. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I've seen my chickens eat little frogs and fence lizards. They even fought over a small snake once. The chickens were fine, can't say the same for the reptiles.
    I don't know if salamanders are ok, but I would guess so. Mine could easily have eaten some, since we have several varieties around. I just never witnessed them eating one. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I don't think there are many poisonous salamanders in your area. I wouldn't
    worry at all.
  7. hb

    hb In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2007
    SF Bay Area, California
    Roux: All I know about it was that it was a tiny, black salamander trying to make a run for it.

    SilkieChicken: Let's say hypothetically, if it was poisonous, how long do you think that it would take for it to affect her? If she seems sick, is there an antidote? My vet takes Sunday's off.

    I'm still concerned, but feel a little more at ease.

    Thanks to you all for your advice, and so quickly! That's what's so great about this forum!!!!
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Hard to say how long it would take, but since you can "clear" the internals of a bird in 12 hours before butchering, I say if it was to do anything to her system that was bad in a poison type way, less than 12 hours.
  9. Roux

    Roux Songster

    Considering the type of toxins that amphibians carry, if there was going to be an issue, you'd probably be seeing it by now.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2008

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