Scorpion issue

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicloven, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. chicloven

    chicloven In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2016
    Will scorpions kill my chicks? I found one around the coop. This is very common here in Texas.

  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 8 Years

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I be surprised if the chicks do not try to eat the scorpion. Mine at only a few days old will take in adult female Chinese Mantids which put up a major fight until key parts are lost then you have a bunch of chicks with full crops. The chicks do get dinged up a little but they seem to think effort is worth it. They will go after more when their crops empty.
  3. azjustin

    azjustin Chirping

    Apr 1, 2016
    Tucson, AZ
    Depends which type (how poisonous) the scorpion is.

    We are inundated with highly venomous bark scorpions here and the chickens will gladly eat them like candy. As long as they can get them without being stung first, which usually results in a dead or very sick chicken. 99% of the time the poultry win that game.

    We also have the big black scorpions (the name escapes me) which the chickens seem to play with for a while before eating, as if they know the thing won't hurt them if stung.

    If it moves, it will be eaten (at least once).

    Good luck.
  4. chicloven

    chicloven In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2016
    Thank you

  5. BBQChicken

    BBQChicken In the Brooder

    May 14, 2016
    I'm in Texas as well, my girls LOVE scorpion snacks! I've seen no ill effect on any of them.
  6. chicloven

    chicloven In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2016
    Cool good to know. I saw one in the coop yesterday and I wasn't sure if it should be a concern.
  7. TexasTransplant

    TexasTransplant In the Brooder

    May 19, 2016
    Urgh I hate scorpions! I moved to Texas from England and have a hard time dealing with all the bugs (we don't have any bugs that can hurt you except wasps in the UK, not even mosquitoes) I am pretty freaked out about the scorpions that I have seen since moving out into the country 2 months ago, but I have not seen any in the area where the chickens are and I am wondering if they are keeping the scorpion population down at that side. We go out hunting them at night now and then with black light torches, they glow florescent in the black light but so far we see them on the front of the house and never at the back and garden side where the chickens are.

  8. JacknTeaksMom

    JacknTeaksMom Hatching

    Aug 11, 2017
    Does anyone have any ducks that eat scorpions ?

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