Slugs for snacks..

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Smelt, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. Smelt

    Smelt Active Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    Hi All...

    Catchy title...huh? :)

    I was playing with our kids by their little wading pool last night after dinner. Along the edge of their pool were about 10 or 15 slugs-the largest was 1.25 inces long. These are the garden variety slugs, common all over new England.

    I picked 'em up (yuck) in a show of Daddy brogaddacio and fed them to the chickens. Gross I know, but the chickens seemed to like them.

    Question 1: Can I get any sort of caustic burn, appendage fall-off or weird disease from touching the slimey little things?

    Question 2: Is it OK to feed slugs to poultry?

    Question 3: What about as a poor man's escargot? Hee hee....joke!

    Thanks for your slimy thoughts!

  2. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

    May 8, 2002
    central New South Wales, Australia
    They do that. They like snails too, if you get them started right. Roll the snails around a bit, so the shells are cracked but they still look like snails. The young poultry will get the idea over a week or two, and after that they'll figure out how to winkle out :p (look that one up) the meat from the shells themselves.
    All of the above - but it doesn't start to show for about two days. :eek: No, really, if there was anything wrong with slime your nose would have fallen off years ago. Actually, snails and slugs can serve as a host for roundworms or flukes. Rare though. I wouldn't worry about it. You're probably better off with the poultry removing the hosts from the scene.
    See above.
    Hey, it's a convenience food. You don't have to take them out of the packaging. :no: Actually, I guess it would work - in fact I've read about it, but I've never tried it myself. Still, they should be more or less like a transistorised beche-de-mer, right?
    You're welcome. Have a nice day now. :D

  3. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 21, 2004
    Smelt, I would soak them in salt water for awhile, then try saute'ing in garlic butter..... (let us know how they come
  4. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

    May 20, 2004
    SE Missouri
    :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
  5. Line up the kids, get a stopwatch and have a SLUG CHUG contest!
  6. Thatch

    Thatch Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Granted you were joking but slugs should NOT be eaten raw (can't imagine it personally, I'm known for having a cast iron stomach and you couldn't get me to do that) Here is a story about a man who was unfortunate enough to have chosen raw slugs as his dinner.

    As for the original questions...

    Question 1: No burns, the only side effect of handling slugs are sliming fingers.

    Question 2: Chickens should eat as many creapy crawly things as possible. Good for them, good for your garden.

    Question 3: Actually they are fine to eat cooked, but do "purge" them in salted water first. I've actually never tried them but snails, now that is a favorite of mine and my kids. mmmmm

  7. Try sprinkling salt on them. They'll melt right in your mouth! (-;
  8. bgak47

    bgak47 Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Put salt on em. they'll just disolve. I'd have to be pretty darn hungry to try to eat them.
  9. whodunit

    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 29, 2004
    Raw? I don't think they should be eaten...PERIOD!!!!