Why don't my chickens eat the flies??

spacecowgirl

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Jul 30, 2011
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Depending on what I give them as treats, and how hot it is, sometimes they have swarms of flies just ripe for the picking ( or pecking, haha )!!!

Yet they will not eat them...why is that? They will nab other bugs straight out of the air, but ignore the flies, and bees, for that matter. They're such a nuisance...why won't my chooks get rid of them??
 

LoreenH

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10 Years
Jul 10, 2009
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Oregon
Mine would eat the flies if they could catch them...I've seen them try. They will eat slugs!!
 

Achickenwrangler#1

Songster
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Aug 7, 2011
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Mine drop them and wipe their beaks, kinda like - yuck, but they eat alot of other stuff, thelittle chicks used to chase and catch flies, out of boredom I think, alot of them would drop them after catching, they love all kinds of spiders though.
 

woodmort

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Actually they will eat the larva if they can get to it. If your setup is such that the manure is accessible to the chickens--you don't clean it up every day and haul it away to a pile someplace--the birds will do a fairly good job of keeping flies down. Once the flies hatch, however, they have a hard time catching them to the point where they usually don't both.
 

Mattemma

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Aug 12, 2009
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No flies or slugs for mine.I did see one hen choke down a cicada the other day!
 

woodmort

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Some of you sure have chickens with strange dietary needs or you're spending more time with them than is necessary. Mine eat anything that crawls or flies.
 

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