ok to feed tomato hornworms to chickens?

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  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Is it ok to feed tomato hornworms - you know, the big bun-length green caterpillars that you get on tomato plants? - to the chickens? I wouldn't think twice about it for most other caterpillars, but since I know tomato foliage is supposed to be at least somewhat poisonous and that's what the hornworms eat...

    Anyone know for certain?

    Thanks,

    Pat and three chickens
     
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    mine snatch them off the plants.

    Between bites of my tomatoes that is!!! :thun
     
  3. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't seen any of those since I was a kid. Boy did I love playing with them.

    Kim
     
  4. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I researched it and it looks cool.My babys love those green mommas![​IMG]
     
  5. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! I had some this spring that were about an inch long, fed them to the girls, they thought they'd died and went to chicken-heaven. Then it rained for a couple days, I didn't check the plants, went back out and there were hornworms as long as thick as my fingers! Sick!!! The girls at them too, but I was scared to touch 'em, so I just broke the whole leaf off and the girls ate 'em. Took a little longer though!
     
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    My hens LOVE them.....Kim, if ya want some...LOL...come on over and get em! We seem to have plenty! UGH!
     
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:[​IMG] I know your pain.
     
  8. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens LOVE them.....Kim, if ya want some...LOL...come on over and get em! We seem to have plenty! UGH!

    I dunno about tomato worms. I kinda out grew that ! However, I think you and I should make a trip north together to get some of those guineas !

    Kim​
     
  9. glorialuver123

    glorialuver123 Out Of The Brooder

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    ours went for there first time today, they found a pretty bid catapiller in there, they placed soccer with it, sept with there beaks. Ivana (black Australorp), Gloria (BR), and Lacey (Silver Laced) were on one team, and Ming Ming (delaware) and Princess Maudalin (we don't know?) were on a team, and they kept passing the poor catapiller around, until Ivana ate it though, then they were mad at her! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Those horn worms are soo cool! We don't have them here but we got to dissect some in class. It was soo cool to have them crawl around. They felt so funny walking up your fingers too. Some people thought it was disgusting.
     

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