What kind of spider is this, and should I release it or dispatch it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HR Patterson, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is about 3-4 inches long. Just wondering if he is a threat to us or not. Chickens fear him. Children run. My wife thinks he would make great target practice for the .22! I say he stays as long as he don't bite and make body parts fall off. So if anyone knows what he is, please let me know.
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    That's the clearest pic I could take. My son informed me that he is "squirmy and can jump" so I snapped what I could.
     
  2. Siber_AK49

    Siber_AK49 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a brown recluse (SP?) but I'm not a spider expert sadly [​IMG] I know they are all over the US and I have bad allergic reactions to their bites (puss and deep holes beneath it, going to the hospital when bit and getting it lanced to drain) and I know other people do too.. But I'm not sure maybe someone else can give a more "for sure" definition.
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Elyria, OH
    At that size it just might be a garden spider but they are usually brighter colored - yellow, green, etc. Never seen one like that before. Personally, I'd smoosh it because they scare me... Check out www.whatsthatbug.com to see if you can identify it. It's a really cool website and your kids will love it.
     
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Definitely not a brown recluse. I checked the bug site and it looks like a fishing spider (harmless) but I'm not an expert or even a spider-lover. Check it out:

    http://www.whatsthatbug.com/spiders2.html
     
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    If it were me, it would be dead.

    I HATE SPIDERS, I HATE SPIDERS, I HATE SPIDERS,

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    I heard on a TV show, that you are never more then 6 feet away from a da** spider
     
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  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I don't know what kind it is, but it is not a brown recluse.
    Brown recluse are AKA "fiddle back" because it has something similar to a fiddle shaped marking on its back, and a different body shape.

    I was bitten by a brown recluse several years ago.

    I say go far out into the yard and release it.
     
  7. Mattake2

    Mattake2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it is from the genus boot sole.
     
  8. chickenfeed

    chickenfeed Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a fox spider. Completely harmless.
     
  9. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AHHHHH
    spiders are not cool!
     
  10. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    It looks a lot like the "wood" spiders we have here. They just give me the shivers, wow, needless to say, these are the size of a canning jar lids- ewwwww.
    I feel that if a spider crosses my path, it asked to die. lol.
     

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