Why do chickens avoid red velvet ants/"cow killers"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mldollins, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. mldollins

    mldollins New Egg

    Aug 7, 2008
    They look at it and then ignore it. The stinger is quite long and i have been told that the sting is quite painful.

    Are they color blind and not see them or are they scared? They eat wasps and bees.
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    because most ants are bitter tasting....that's why we coat them with chocolate first![​IMG]
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  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    also, no chickens are not color blind, in fact, birds see ultraviolet colors on top of the colors we see. you'll notice many bird feathers have iridescent colors in their feathers; they can see the patterns we cannot.
    birds and bees can see these colors and can tell pollinated flowers from those that are not!

    cool, huh???
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  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I would suspect that any past-generation chickens that ate cow-killers were not around to contribute to future generations [​IMG] I've never been stung myself but know people who have been.

    They are not, btw, actual ants (they're a kind of wasp).

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2008

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