Ladybugs....no...wait.... any ideas?

LinckHillPoultry

Songster
12 Years
Jan 17, 2008
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5
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Pennsylvania
Are ladybugs bad for a chick to eat? Because I've got lots running around in the room with the brooder.

Because my one chick is weak and is having a hard time walking, but was perfectly healthy yesterday.
 
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seedcorn

Songster
12 Years
Apr 25, 2007
1,455
16
191
NE. IN
R they lady bugs or asian beetles? Asian beetles have the same pattern but are darl orange instead of red. Asian beetles stink and chickens probably won't eat more than one.
 

tygab

Songster
11 Years
Mar 14, 2008
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MA/NH border
I have TONS of the dark ones (asian). I wish I knew how to get rid of them. I sweep up dozens everyday, even in the middle of winter.
 

sundance

Songster
12 Years
Call your local state agricinal dept. and ask them, we have thousands but since my chicks are outside I don't know if they eat them or not.
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Texas Fluffy Feet

Songster
11 Years
Feb 20, 2008
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Arlington, TX
That is a good question. I remember hearing ladybugs were poisonous so I tried to look it up for you.

This link suggests birds often eat ladybugs....
http://www.ladybuglady.com/LadybugsFAQ.htm

And this one does say they can be toxic to small birds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybugs

So I guess I don't have an answer for you. Anyone know for sure if they can harm chicks?

I hope your little one is okay.
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seafood

Songster
11 Years
Feb 12, 2008
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We had asian beetles when we moved in 7 years ago...everywhere. Now we see maybe 2 dozen a year.

Go to your farm/home store, wal-mart, etc and get a pesticide that has Diazinon in it. (can be hard to find) It is a full strength chemical. You hook the bottle up to your garden hose and it mixes it with water as you spray.

Spray the outside of your house around all window and door frames. We did this fall and spring for 2 years (4 applications) and have seen an amazing drop in beetles.

I am not a big fan of chemicals but it had to be done.
 

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