How about an armadillo? Is he a predator of chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kathyinmo, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Is an armadillo a chicken predator? I have seen so many dead ones, along the roadsides this year, and just wondered.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    I don't think you have to worry about armadillos. They are pretty benign as far as critters go. Possibly they might dig under the coop, but I don't think they'd harm anything, even chicks or eggs. Dillos are insectivores.

    There was one in my yard the other day drinking out of a pan of water. I'm going to try and keep it full for him, so he'll stay out of my pool. [​IMG]
  4. Marie66

    Marie66 Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Far South Austin
    They eat insects, so should probably be okay.
    They have been known to eat frog, snake and lizard eggs. (of course, those are tiny, don't think an armadillo could fit a chicken egg in its mouth)

    There's probably some fish & wildlife site online that has more armadillo info.
  5. aupoet

    aupoet In the Brooder

    May 12, 2009
    No armadillos eat insects and soft grubs and worms. They won't bother your chickens except to maybe dig a hole under their fence. They can make alot of ankle killer holes in your yard though. I remember one summer we had one to dig a den under a big bush in our front yard. The dogs would have a fit every night when she came out to dig up our yard. One really hot day when we were in the middle of watermelon season and had our signs up to sell melons, this old pickup drove up. An elderly lady got out and walked up to our front porch. She asked in a real mountain folk, true southerner voice "Are you folks a-raisen arm-a-dillas here"? That mama armadillo and her four little ones were right out in the middle of our yard. My nieces, nephews, and brother had to chase them all over the yard before catching three of them in 5 gallon buckets. We took them far away before turning them loose.
  6. Over Easy in Adna

    Over Easy in Adna Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Adna Washington
    Quote:We finally have the real story how Armadillos came to Texas.......
  7. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    I don't know if they are a threat to chickens, but I know that they will tear your yard up bad.
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Hi Neighbor.

    Nope. Armadillos are not predators, just nuisances. Last year I found one dead in my back yard. Later that day I found a large water mocassin in my back yard. I wonder if there was a connection?

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