Horn Worms eat Tomato Plants - so are they still good for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ll, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. ll

    ll Songster

    Tomato leaves are not good for chickens.
    Horn worms eat pepper plants and tomato plants too.
    Would the diet of tomato leaves make the worm unhealthy for a chicken to eat?

    Found a horn worm in our garden 2 days ago & put it in a container for observation/decision.
    It's a big one!

    On a side note:
    I've been putting a bowl of water on the patio for the girls because it's been hot, an extra to the bowl in their coop area.
    The past 3 nights it's been getting muddied... I knew right away what it was (patpatpat of little hands) then watched him the 2nd night,
    caught him the 3rd night... yes they are cute but danger to the girls. So glad I saved the heart trap; byebye raccoon - YAY ME!
  2. SoCalChickie

    SoCalChickie In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2013
    My hens love, love, love horn worms. We've only had a few this year, but I picked them off the plants and gave them to the chickens as a treat. I checked online first and it sounds like they are safe (if I read it on the internet, it must be true, right? ha ha).

    And good for you saving the girls from the raccoon!!
  3. ll

    ll Songster

    :D Horn worms are considered toxic to pet lizards after eating tomato leaves, so idk.

    Thanks for posting, and YAY! :thumbsup
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    My chickens will eat the leaves off a tomato plant. They will eat tomatoes. If they found a tomato horn worm, I am sure they would eat it.

    I believe that when chickens have free choice of food, they will eat only what they should.

  5. RedneckGurl

    RedneckGurl Songster

    Jan 15, 2013
    Athens, Alabama
    OMG! Mine LUV tomato horn worms. I found a half dozen on my plants one day and picked them off and threw them to the girls. They were fighting over them in a heartbeat. I got infinite satisfaction watching them rip those worms apart. Nothing screws with my garden and lives.

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