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Is it okay to feed chickens meal worms?

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I know it sounds like a strange question but ive heard that mealworms (darkling bealtle larvie) can carry very bad diseases like mericks. Is it okay to feed them store bought mealworms like Happy Hen Treats mealworms?
Edited by Hens rule - 1/28/16 at 1:50pm
I have 14 hens. 4 Buff Orpingtons named Yellowfeet, Speedy, Cupcake and Funnchick, 1 Red sex-link named Henny, 1 production red named Doris, 1 Dominique named Pilot,1 Golden laced wyandotte named Wattles, 3 EEs named Broody, Hammy and Feathers and 3 Cuckoo Marans Named David, Cow and Coopy. *-*
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I have 14 hens. 4 Buff Orpingtons named Yellowfeet, Speedy, Cupcake and Funnchick, 1 Red sex-link named Henny, 1 production red named Doris, 1 Dominique named Pilot,1 Golden laced wyandotte named Wattles, 3 EEs named Broody, Hammy and Feathers and 3 Cuckoo Marans Named David, Cow and Coopy. *-*
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Well, at the volume they are sold for chickens I would have to give a hearty YES for that question! 

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Oh gees, if it is not safe, I do not want to be the one to tell my gals .. volunteers? ;)

 

In all seriousness now, I have not heard of negatives to feeding chickens mealworms and as Bridebeliever has suggested, with the volume sold [+ those farmed at home] and number of chickens eating them, if there were issues, we probably would have heard of them.

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Originally Posted by Hens rule View Post

I know it sounds like a strange question but ive heard that mealworms (darkling bealtle larvie) can carry very bad diseases like mericks. Is it okay to feed them store bought mealworms like Happy Hen Treats mealworms?

Never heard that meal worms carry Mareks.....hmmm....tho I've heard that all chickens carry Mareks, so maybe.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 7
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Never heard that meal worms carry Mareks.....hmmm....tho I've heard that all chickens carry Mareks, so maybe.
All chickens carry Mareks? Is that why it's bad to mix birds from various places?
I have 14 hens. 4 Buff Orpingtons named Yellowfeet, Speedy, Cupcake and Funnchick, 1 Red sex-link named Henny, 1 production red named Doris, 1 Dominique named Pilot,1 Golden laced wyandotte named Wattles, 3 EEs named Broody, Hammy and Feathers and 3 Cuckoo Marans Named David, Cow and Coopy. *-*
CHICKEN PHOTO CONTEST: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1141715/chicken-contest/10#post_17753853
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I have 14 hens. 4 Buff Orpingtons named Yellowfeet, Speedy, Cupcake and Funnchick, 1 Red sex-link named Henny, 1 production red named Doris, 1 Dominique named Pilot,1 Golden laced wyandotte named Wattles, 3 EEs named Broody, Hammy and Feathers and 3 Cuckoo Marans Named David, Cow and Coopy. *-*
CHICKEN PHOTO CONTEST: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1141715/chicken-contest/10#post_17753853
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Here's a good article on Marek's. http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf

 

The darkling beetles that carry Marek's is the wild kind, not the domestic darkling beetle bred to produce meal worms.

 

It's not necessarily true that all chickens carry Marek's but most have had some exposure to it. If you live in a rural setting as I do, the wild turkey population helps to immunize your chickens against the Marek's present in your locale, so it follows that your chickens have been exposed to Marek's probably. But it's not a bad thing. This is one of the reasons for giving baby chicks in their first week a clump of sod from your surrounding soil to scratch and peck at. It serves to immunize them against many different pathogens.

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Thanks everyone!
I have 14 hens. 4 Buff Orpingtons named Yellowfeet, Speedy, Cupcake and Funnchick, 1 Red sex-link named Henny, 1 production red named Doris, 1 Dominique named Pilot,1 Golden laced wyandotte named Wattles, 3 EEs named Broody, Hammy and Feathers and 3 Cuckoo Marans Named David, Cow and Coopy. *-*
CHICKEN PHOTO CONTEST: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1141715/chicken-contest/10#post_17753853
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I have 14 hens. 4 Buff Orpingtons named Yellowfeet, Speedy, Cupcake and Funnchick, 1 Red sex-link named Henny, 1 production red named Doris, 1 Dominique named Pilot,1 Golden laced wyandotte named Wattles, 3 EEs named Broody, Hammy and Feathers and 3 Cuckoo Marans Named David, Cow and Coopy. *-*
CHICKEN PHOTO CONTEST: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1141715/chicken-contest/10#post_17753853
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