My chicken ate a black widow!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenmom2016, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. chickenmom2016

    chickenmom2016 New Egg

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    After lifting some rocks for my nine sweet girls to get a tasty worm or bug, I noticed one quickly ate a black widow spider. Now I'm scared for my girl, and scared to eat eggs for a while. Am I being ridiculous or have need to be concerned?? Thanks for any advice.. :)
     
  2. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    No, they will not hurt your birds. They can eat poisonous spiders with no problem. Being bitten however is a different story. My girls eat black widows and poisonous centipedes all the time. Disgusting, but ingesting these things does not pose a problem.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. I think that your hen will be fine. My chickens have eaten spiders and centipedes before, and are fine.
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, as long as she was not bitten it shouldn't be a problem for her. No reason not to eat her eggs.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Bad for the black widow - good for your hen.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  9. FVRM

    FVRM Chillin' With My Peeps

    The spider has to inject the venom into the bloodstream. Only TOXIC insects will make them sick not the ones that are venomous. Only chemicals that can get into the bloodstream can make eggs unsafe to eat. It's like saying a cow that eats strawberries will make strawberry milk.
     

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