Is cracked corn with weevils safe?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tlharv, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. tlharv

    tlharv In the Brooder

    I know that chickens like bugs and chickens like cracked corn. I was just given a bucketfull of cracked corn, and I see little weevils crawling around in there. Is this safe to give the hens? Are the weevils just attracted to the corn and won't pose a problem with the hens? I haven't fed any of it to the girls yet... let me know what you think.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tlharv

    tlharv In the Brooder

    Here's a shot of one of them...

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  3. beachchickie

    beachchickie Songster

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    Yum, more protien. They eat off the ground remember!
     
  4. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Songster

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    [​IMG] I didn't even know what a weevil was... I learn soo much just by looking at a bunch of posts. I don't see any problem with the bugs being in the corn, google it maybe if your still unsure? Where'd you get the corn? was it bagged or someone give it to you? I can't imagine you bought it with bugs in it...
     
  5. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Crowing Premium Member

    Weevels are generally in egg stage when grains are bagged adn if not sold soon, or stored at marmer temps they hatch out before use. I'd feed it, as stated it just increases protein.
     
  6. Extra tasty bonus!!!! They'll be thrilled.

    A bunch of meal moths got into my scratch grain bag. It's stringy and fill of little crawling worms. The chickens think it's the best stuff I ever got them. Except maybe for the giant box of crickets....
     
  7. muell112

    muell112 Songster

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    I would think it's fine. Weevils have been associated with grains for a long time - so I'm sure both people and all kinds of poultry/cattle etc eat quite a few of them. My chickens eat any bug they can catch, and I feed mine mealworms as a treat.
     
  8. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Songster

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    Okay, since I was bored I went ahead and googled it for you, they don't bite, sting, or carry diseases so they won't hurt the corn or your chickens... BUT they are destructive to grain seeds and stored seeds and such since they hatch from the seeds of plants, so if the chickens don't eat em squish em lol...
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Moderately weevily grain that is otherwise not wet or moldy is safe to feed. Just do it soon.

    Heavily weevily grain can be a problem so best not to feed that.
     
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    The chickens will probably go after the bugs first...give it to them.
     

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