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Why do chickens refuse to eat rolli pollies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Urbanfarmerkc, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was curious why my chickens will eat most every bug but avoid some (the little brown) beetles and won't even touch a rolli pollie. Any ideas?

    Dave
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good question. I wonder as well...
     
  3. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although most of my chickens seem to avoid these, I do have a couple of hens that will eat rolly pollies. If only they would potato beetles and bean beetles!
     
  4. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    too crunchy...[​IMG]
     
  5. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rollie Pollies are a terrestrial arthropod and not true insects they are better known as a Pill Bug or Sow Bug. As to why chickens won't eat them is IMO because they could tend to stick in chickens throats because of their exoskeleton.
     
  6. sadies chicks

    sadies chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine eat them all the time and have no issues. The question I have is why mine don't like worms!! [​IMG]
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I'm with hencackle - I'd [​IMG] my girls if only they'd eat potato bugs [​IMG] At least rollypollies don't bother anyone/anything.
     
  8. TarainNC

    TarainNC Out Of The Brooder

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    Rollie Pollies do bother the bok choi( chinese cabbage in my garden. I throw the bugs and the holey cabbage leaves over the fence to my chickens and they seem to like them.
     
  9. CartierChicken

    CartierChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about slugs and snails. I was told they would eat these, but my birds show no interest in them what so ever.
     
  10. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just happy mine go nuts for the grasshoppers. I spray the little grasshoppers with an insecticidal soap which takes care of those ones, but it doesn't work on the bigger ones so when I let the chickens out they hunt for them. When they are in the coop I catch the larger grasshoppers and feed them.
     

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