For several days last week I noticed something strange every time I went to feed the chickens. For three days in a row, each time I would open the chicken feed bag to scoop out some grain I would notice a thick web spun across the inside of the bag. And each time I would take my scooping bowl, break the nuisance of a web apart, and stick my arm deep into the bag for the feed.
On the fourth day the web was back again. Ugh. I broke the web apart as I had done the past three days, and opened the bag wide so that I could reach in and get some grain. But this time when I opened the bag up I noticed something big and dark sitting inside.
I gasped and jumped back. It was a HUGE black widow! I quickly pulled the whole bag of feed out of the can it is stored in, threw it on the ground, and stomped on it like a mad woman!
For three days I had been putting my hand into the bag right where that spider had been hiding! Man, was I lucky! The thing had a body the size of a grape! That could have gone so wrong. So, now I’m all paranoid about sticking my hand in the bag. I open it very wide and check out the inside of the bags well before daring to reach in!
I never thought feeding chickens could be such a dangerous activity!