Webworms - will they eat em?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DoverChick, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. DoverChick

    DoverChick Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a very large black walnut tree that has webworms all over it. Last year we had the tree sprayed, but since we have the chickens this year, I wasn't too keen on doing that again with the chemicals involved. Right now the worms are still in their webs and just leaving droppings (yuk!), but pretty soon they will start falling out of the tree. When they do this, they always seem to head straight for our front door (weird huh?)

    Anyway, I'm hoping the chickens will make a feast out of these little buggers! Anyone else have any experience with this?

    Crossing my fingers we have natural cure to our problem!

    thanks!~
     
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens seem to eat every bug except the hairy fuzzy caterpillars.
     
  3. DoverChick

    DoverChick Out Of The Brooder

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    They are a little fuzzy. Not too fuzzy though... Oh-man I hope they still eat them! I hate these little things!
     
  4. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What....is a webworm? It sounds super gross. [​IMG]
     
  5. DoverChick

    DoverChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know where everyone else lives, but here in PA we get these webs that form in trees (just looks like a cluster spider web...) The worms that develop look pretty much just like a small caterpillar. They feed off of the leaves of certain trees as they are growing in the webs. I've heard them called other things, but I can't remember what right now.
     
  6. erinlee

    erinlee Out Of The Brooder

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    They are tent caterpillars. I tried to feed some to my chickens last year, they wouldn't touch them. Haven't seen any around this year (thank goodness) so I haven't tried them again.
     
  7. Squirrelgirl88

    Squirrelgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope - apparantly even a chicken draws the line somewhere - mine won't touch the little buggers.
     
  8. DoverChick

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    Awwww man! Well, maybe I'll find that my little girls and guys will be different and love them! [​IMG]
     
  9. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    We get them in OK too, but this year hasn't been bad. We have had record setting heat and drought so maybe that is why we didn't get them this year. I hate those nasty things too!!!!! My girls will eat roly poly's and stink (squash) bugs and I've seen several posters say their chickens won't eat those, so maybe yours will too. [​IMG]
     

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