View Full Version : Are cane toad tadpoles bad for chooks?
28-12-2011, 03:21 PM
We have a small dam/large pond that is turning into a cane toad nursery :( Using the pool leaf scoop we remove about 40-50 tadpoles every day (yes they are cane toads) and dump them on the ground. Just wondering if they would be harmful to the chooks if we used them as a "protein suppliment"
28-12-2011, 03:32 PM
According to the QLD DPI:
The cane toad is poisonous at all stages of its life cycle...
Source: DPI (2009) Fact Sheet - Cane Toad Bufo marinus (http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/documents/Biosecurity_EnvironmentalPests/IPA-Cane-Toad-PA21.pdf)
28-12-2011, 08:33 PM
Yes - my local frog expert told me not to feed them to the chooks. But they can go in the compost.
28-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Hey, I wonder if you can get done for dealing to a fowl. :D:D:D
WIKI - Bufotenin, one of the chemicals excreted by the cane toad, is classified as a Class 1 drug under Australian law, alongside heroin and cannabis.
29-12-2011, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the replies - guess the goanna that pesters the chooks would be too inteligent to eat them if he finds them ;)
29-12-2011, 07:30 AM
I've seen crows pick apart dead cane toads and leave the poisonous bits.
29-12-2011, 07:46 AM
Ive seen Kookaburras eat whole cane toads and survive.
Only small ones, but but they slapped them continually to try and remove as much poison as possible first
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