My Chickens seem uninterested in eating termites- is this normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by luvarabhorses, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Hector, Ar
    So many birds eat termites, whenever I come across an infested log in the yard I place it in the pen and sprinkle cracked corn on it, they don't seem to be interested in the termites once the corn is gone.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Well, I don't know what a termite tastes like, but...
    I looked forward to having chickens so they could take care of the ladybugs that Weyerhauser Timber Co. drops on us every year. My chickens won't touch em. Maybe they taste bad to them. [​IMG]
  3. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    I don't mean to hijack...but what about ants? I saw ants in the run and I got really worried and didn't want to put down any ant poison. But then I saw the chicks over there and they were pecking at the ground. Were they eating the ants? Or just eating the grass, etc?
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I don't know about termites, but ladybugs and little black ants (I don't know about other types of ants), do NOT taste good to birds. That is their defense against being eaten.

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