Hornworms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Haleys-papaw, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Haleys-papaw

    Haleys-papaw New Egg

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    I read in another post that tomato plants were poisionous to chickens, so here is my question. Would the tomato hornworms that I pick off my tomato plants be harmful to chickens since that is what they have been eating.I usually just squash them but they would make a juicy treat if they are safe for them to eat.
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Tomato hornworms are often used as feeder insects for reptiles, and they are expensive little buggers too. Why waste those juicy little morsels? I am sure your chickens would love them!
     
  3. LeftFootFarm

    LeftFootFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Lucky you, if you have these things everywhere. I used to buy them for my Bearded Dragon, but it cost over a dollar a piece, so I couldn't imagine feeding them to my chickens. I am sure they would love them, but I would have to buy 50+ a day. Ouch, but lucky you.
     
  4. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We didn't have any hornworms of our own but my DS was working out at a ranch that had some. He brought them home for the chickens and they were scared of them. [​IMG] When the hornworm would move the chicken would jump. The girls were quite young then they'd probably get them down because I've seen them playing keep away with a mouse one of them caught. We ended up drowning the worms because they were so big and ugly I did not want one to get away and find them on my tomatoes. [​IMG]
     

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