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Hobo spiders- chicken food?


Joined: Apr 15, 2010
Posts: 2
We are researching the urban chicken's benefits.  One would be if they would eat the Hobo spiders on our property.  Do chickens like hobo's for a snack?
rose macaskie

Joined: May 09, 2009
Posts: 2134
  They used to sell chicks here in the metro. When i first came to Madrid you could still hear a cocks crow ocasionally, it used to follow me round the house and let out peircing cheeps if it was left behind, they are meant to stay with the hen. It looked fluffy and useless but saw an ant on the kitchen floor and got that in a split second, they are machines as insect hunters, dead quick and accurate. Maybe they don't like hobo spiders, whatever they are, though.
    You could get yourself some chickens as pest controlers and give them to someone in the coutry once you resolved the problem, animals are kind of messy in the house. agri rose macaskie.
tel jetson

Joined: May 17, 2007
Posts: 3328
Location: woodland, washington
I suggest you find out for yourself.  chickens are relatively easy to come by.  if you're worried about hobo spiders, I imagine they will also be easy to come by.  introduce one of each and observe how their date goes.

my feeling is that a chicken would probably eat a hobo spider it saw running around.  whether or not it would pick one out of the bottom of one of those creepy funnel webs is less clear to me.

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Jami McBride

Joined: Aug 29, 2009
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Location: PNW Oregon
We had to capture/grab any spiders we wanted fed to our chickens, and by what accumulates in their house I'd say 'No' they won't hunt them.  Our chickens sit on their roost and leave the reachable spiders alone.... go figure.

I believe it's a combination of chickens just not starving enough to make the effort and something to do with their eyesight.  Spiders in webs or on walls can be very still, and blend in.

Joined: Apr 15, 2010
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thanks for the insight, we are looking for a more natural solution to the hobo spider issue.
gary gregory

Joined: Apr 09, 2009
Posts: 395
Location: northern california, 50 miles inland from Mendocino, zone 7

The single most effective natural agent for the control of hobo spiders is the presence of other competing and predatory spider species.

rose macaskie

Joined: May 09, 2009
Posts: 2134
Cool photo. Would the chickens have enough of the Bart and Homer Simpson spirit to get to the bottom of that web. rose.
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