Tomato Caterpillars. Treats?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bzbrown, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. bzbrown

    bzbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    I discovered 5 of these big horrible things on my maters this evening. I bribed my son and his friend to remove them, and take them off the property lol. Could we have just tossed them in to the chicken run? I have given them left over bait worms from fishing, and they love catching crickets and such, but I wasn't sure if Tomato Caterpillars were safe....
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    The tomato horned worms are safe for the chickens if they will eat them. I tried feeding one today and the chickens refused to eat it. Just too big and strange, I guess. If one had gotten brave, then they would all have wanted one.
  3. bzbrown

    bzbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! When I find more, and I'm sure I will I'll only make the kids pluck them and toss them in the run, instead of leaving the property lol..
  4. buckabucka

    buckabucka Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    Mine eat them, but those horn-worms are so nasty that I can't watch! [​IMG]
  5. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    The best chicken delicacy, ever!
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Mine like 'em!

  7. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    Most of mine do too. They are pretty "juicy". [​IMG] We had some Buff Orphs last year and everytime they saw us at the tomato plants they would walk all over each other to be the closest one to their run that would catch what we tossed their way. It was like candy and kids. [​IMG]
  8. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Oh yes, chicken treat! My kids love finding the gigantic hornworm moths, plucking the wings, and feeding them those also.
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Wow, I never thought a chicken would want to eat those.......I wonder if they eat the sharp little horn on the rear?
  10. sunnydalefarms

    sunnydalefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2011
    Sturgeon, MO
    My birds didn't seem to like them much. They all surrounded and inspected it but only one took a bite. When I left it was still there, don't know if they ever finished it or not.

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