Toads!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KatietheHen, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. KatietheHen

    KatietheHen New Egg

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    we found a small toad outside one day and we have a question.....can the chickens eat the toad?? we would never ever feed them a toad but im just rele curious. the toad is about the size of ur pinky nail.


    Thanks,
    KatietheHen:)[/b]
     
  2. Big Red's Mom

    Big Red's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if they should eat them but they will. I have found my chickens playing chase over a frog. I think it was a tree frog. I just could not take it away...it was all to pieces and the guts just grossed me out.
     
  3. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    As long as it isnt a Cane toad you should be fine.. My girls go nuts when the baby toads and frogs are all over.. the way i see , its free food
     
  4. KatietheHen

    KatietheHen New Egg

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    Thanks...i bet tht was rele gross lol...poor frog!!
     
  5. merryberry

    merryberry Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens definitely WANT to eat the frogs/toads in our woods, but they haven't quite figured out how to catch them yet (my girls aren't even three months old). They will find one burrowed into the dirt, and scratch and scratch at it, get it mostly uncovered, and then give up (or get distracted) and wander away. Its pretty funny to watch. When they leave, I reburry the poor freaked out toad.
     
  6. tom e

    tom e Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine. I believe that the only toad native to the US that you need to worry about is the Colorado River toad. The Cane toad is a nonnative that is here in some states as well. Also very poisonous. Most other toads are simply 'bad tasting' to most predators.
     

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