I'm finding huge spiders lurking near my chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Feeneychickie, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Feeneychickie

    Feeneychickie Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read a lot of the spider threads and it seems grown chickens love and devour them, but what about babies? I have 3 day old chicks in a corral in my basement, and twice now I have come down in the early morn to check on them and have found big nasty black spiders that seem very interested in my babies. They set up shop at the base of the corral. They are no bigger than a quarter, but my motherly instincts have been perked. Lol [​IMG]
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three day olds probably won't eat them.
     
  3. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicks may be nervous about the spiders at first, until a brave one makes a move and grabs one, then they will probably play keep away.

    ETA: At about a week old they will be looking for something to do.
     
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  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. lazy gardener

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    Try killing a spider, and put it in an obvious place, and see what they do.
     
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  6. MageofMist

    MageofMist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie babies are vicious predators, one of my babies nearly caught a spider today when out and about, sneaking up on it akin to a cat. Sadly for the chick, the spider noticed it as the chick lunged and darted into a dense clump of grass. They also hunt slugs, one ran to me all proud with a tiny slug in it's beak seeking protection from it's envious siblings who wanted it also. [​IMG]

    One also was freaking out and running all over with a large beetle in it's beak, due to it's siblings trying to steal it, but I rescued the beetle as it was too large for the chicks and put the very confused looking insect up onto a blackberry bush out of the chicks reach... The chick who had the beetle angrily squeaked at me, but quickly got over it. They LOVE insects and I wouldn't be surprised if the chicks ate some spiders already.
     
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  7. MigraineMan

    MigraineMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had a middle-ish spider try to sneak across my basement floor. I gave it a gentle tap with my boot, then tossed it into the brooder. The chicks descended on it like a squadron of F-15s. That was immediately followed by much chasing and bickering.
     
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  8. lazy gardener

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    Worms are a great source of entertainment. Scrambled eggs will also instigate a feeding frenzy.
     
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  9. Feeneychickie

    Feeneychickie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys! You all are awesome!!!!!
     

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