Is it safe for the hens to eat Woodlice, Worms and Slugs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bops, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. bops

    bops Out Of The Brooder

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    They all love them, but i heard on the radio about lungworm in dogs, and to be honest it never occured to me about the hens getting it.

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    These two are mad over it, Harrier on the left will only eat slugs and Mandi on the right will only eat woodlice, a devastating pair
    Thanks:)
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, earthworms in particular can harbor roundworms and other chicken parasites. However, as long as you watch out for any signs of internal parasite infestations (worms in the droppings, lethargy, emaciation, etc.), and de-worm if necessary, it is fine to let your hens eat whatever insects they want. I let mine eat plenty of earthworms, and have never had a problem. Besides, they love it! [​IMG]
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Woodlice, worms, and slugs are usually fine for chickens to eat. In the wild, chickens would eat all of these things. They can harbor parasites like tapeworms that require an intermediate host, however. Just keep an eye out for any signs of your chickens having worms (lethargy, weight loss, etc), and worm if necessary. Hope this helps!
     
  4. bops

    bops Out Of The Brooder

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    I wormed them last week ( just because ) and they all seem healthy
    Thanks:)
     

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