is it safe to feed my cornish X slugs?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by pattgal, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have so many of them....Can they eat them
    will it alter the flavour of the meat?
     
  2. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
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    Quote:They should love them. Some will tell you that they can taste the difference between a chicken that has access to forage and one that does not. I am sure that is true, but I would not expect a few slugs to alter the taste significantly. Still those with a discerning palate can probably tell.
     
  3. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They should love them. Some will tell you that they can taste the difference between a chicken that has access to forage and one that does not. I am sure that is true, but I would not expect a few slugs to alter the taste significantly. Still those with a discerning palate can probably tell.

    Weeeelll, its not gonna be a few slugs. we have alot, every evening i come out of the garden with about 2 litters of slugs, more or less. depending on the weather
    between 19 meats. that's still alot. and it will be constant. i was hoping they could get some extra protein from it
    as long as it dosen't make the meat weird im ok with it. but this is not really foraging, lol
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    some chickens won't eat slugs. My feeling is if they like 'em let them have 'em [​IMG]
    I have heard (don't know if it's true) that slugs and/or snails can give birds gape worm . . . don't really know about that though.
     
  5. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is sooo gross, they love it! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Mervin

    Mervin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have meat chickens, but I let my flock eat slugs. It usually starts a rousing game of keep-away. I have also heard about gapeworm, but I thought it was in regard to red worm and other earth worms. Whatever the case, I mix a little food-grade DE in their mash just in case.
     
  7. uhuh555

    uhuh555 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens usually do not eat slugs, something to do with a toxin produced in their slime that allows the slug to move along on. Not many animals of birds eat slugs/snails.

    Get a few ducks. They are the slug lovers and will keep them in control easily. We have a few call ducks that have been pinioned (to keep them from flying off). Each morning you’ll see them make their rounds, picking through the gardens and lawn for their cherished slugs. An added plus is they don’t dug holes in the flower/vegetable gardens.
     

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