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I had always heard that Chickens were immune to scorpions but this evening my Buff ate a bark scorpion and now she is dying. I feel so awful, I had no idea that this could happen, has anyone else had this experience?


I have given  her some benadryl, and I am just trying to make her comfortable.

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Don't lose hope, our Rhode Island Red either ate one or got stung by one about a month ago and recovered in 3 days.  Keep her still and secluded, and the benedryl might help, we did that too, no way of knowing if that or time helped, but she made it through the first night and was clucking at us the next morning.  You can call me if you want.


Heather Taylor

please look at our ordeal under "sick or hurt chicken" in the micro livestock group and you can see what our chicken went through

Heather, Thank you so much for responding. Your ordeal sounds exactly like what Goldie is going through. She did make it through the night, however she is still laying spread out on the floor of the cat carrier and seems very sedated (benadryl.)  She does seem to be breathing more easily, and is alert to my presence when I check on her. Im going to keep a close eye on her, and hopefully she will pull through. 

Thanks again for you kindness.

no problem, I hope she does okay.  If you do try to give her water like we did, be careful, I was warned of how easily they can aspirate if the water goes down the wrong way, maybe better if she drinks on her own when she is ready.  How much Benedryl did you give her?  Did you actually see her eat the scorp?  We still don't know for sure what happened to ours, if she got stung or ate it, or maybe even it could have been something else.  Scorpion sting seemed to fit given what we did know.

How is Goldie?


I am so pleased to say Goldie is on the mend! She was very wobbly yesterday-would walk a few steps and fall over, but perfered the company of the other hens so I let her sleep in the coop and this morning she is much better-still a bit wobl but looking stronger. I'm still going to bring her in  for the day so she will stay cool and have a little extra down time. Thanks so much for the replies Rachel and Heather, Ive been keeping chickens for all of 5 days now, so it nice to have support!

I'm glad Heather spoke up here. Just to clarify, chickens eat scorpions, but they aren't immune to the sting. If a chicken grabs a scorpion in the wrong way and gets stung on the face or mouth it can be a rough situation, though they usually pull through. The greatest danger is that their throat swells up and that kills them. Once you get past that point, it's just a matter of letting them recover without getting beat up. The reference to Heather's recent experience should give you an idea of what you're in for. Be careful not to OD the chicken on benadryl. ;)

Part of her laying on the floor could be because scorpion stings contain a neurotoxin, it usually makes the chicken act like it's had a stroke for a couple of days. This should gradually improve.

I was under the assumption that chickens could eat scorpions, so thanks for clarifying, Rachel. 
I was too. We moved away from a house plagued with scorpions and I just kept wishing we could get chickens. They are nightmare bugs! Glad Goldie is doing better.

I've had lots of experience with chickens vs. scorpions.  I have a hen in the "hospital" next to me right now.  I am of the opinion that most of the "heat" related deaths aren't due to heat at all...but are scorpion related.  When chickens get stung, they get stung in the face usually...and they go down.  So, one finds a chicken dead with no apparent sicknesses or wounds and automatically blames the heat.  (Just my opinion.)


Anyway...when I find a chicken down, I get them inside where it's cool...crush one 25 mg Benadryl tablet in 2 T. of warm water.  Mix until dissolved, then using a syringe (the kind that one gives children liquid medication with) give the chicken 2 mL of the suspension.  This protocol was developed by me simply by means of trial and error.  It's only been used for standard size chickens, and seems to be enough to stop the reaction but not enough of the drug to make the chicken comatose. 


Some people are of the opinion that the "non-drowsy" allergy pills are the better choice.  I could not disagree more.  Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in regular old Benadryl...and will work for more individuals than the "non-drowsy" varieties that use a different active ingredient.  It's a huge waste of time that could take your chicken's life trying a drug that likely won't work.  Diphenhydramine will always work as long as you get to the chicken in time. 

Thanks so much for this info. I'm copying it for my files, for future use.


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