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Will chickens eat slugs?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by UrbnGardenPeeps, May 19, 2017.

  1. UrbnGardenPeeps

    UrbnGardenPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will chickens eat slugs and if so, how do you get them to like them? We have some little slugs each year and occasionally a couple big banana slugs. I used to have a duck that ate them when I was a kid. Hubby handpicks them off the garden plants and we want the chickens to eat them but they seem not to like the slime and wipe their beaks off in disgust! Thoughts or tips?
     
  2. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    fry them in butter, then eat them.. oh I mean feed to the chickens


    Gary
     
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  3. UrbnGardenPeeps

    UrbnGardenPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :bowROFL! Not quite what I was looking for...
     
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  4. ddschicks

    ddschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls weren't interested in them either... maybe roll them in seed? :confused: That's the only thing I can think of that may work. Or dunk them in some red food coloring to spark their interest...? :lau
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Some of my girls will eat some of the slugs when they are out free ranging. It all depends on what other moving protein sources are available at the time. They are going to go for the tastiest ones, and reserve the yuckies for later. I have it on good authority from my girls that stink bugs, potato bugs, squash bugs, and hairy caterpillars are on the "avoid at all costs" list. Slugs are on the "it's an acquired taste" list. Gary, perhaps you could do a taste test, and let us know if you agree with my girls??? :plbb
     
  6. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister has had slugs in her garden and so I asked her about feeding them to chickens and she replied, "I do give them slugs. The first time it was young chickens and they hadn't gotten used to eating many things. They just looked at them until I pecked at them with my fingers. Then they got so they loved them..."
     
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  7. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have eaten a few small ones that just happened to get in the way but they seem to be very low on the desirable food list. I've never tried to make them eat them. Not sure if it's the slime that turns them off or if they just don't like the texture or taste.
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Funny, my girls LOVE snails. Kind of like candy: crunchy on the outside, with a soft gooey center.
     
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  9. UrbnGardenPeeps

    UrbnGardenPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the input! Might try the seed idea and otherwise we'll just keep giving them to the girls and see if they change their minds.
     
  10. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Im with your girls, the catipillars are gross.

    Gary
     

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