We are new here on BYC. We live in the South Island New Zealand in Christchurch. I have five children and four chickens. Our chickens are 3 years old and are truly free range, sometimes to my dismay. I've never given them mealworms before and wonder if these are a nice treat or a necessary protein meal. The chickens seem bored, hungry even though we feed them with soaked wheat twice a day. They have been roaming to neighbor's yards which is unusual. I assume they need more protein and bugs. We've given the girls laying pellets before but we've run out. They also get cheese, fresh grass, and berries. We've tried giving them leftover veggies from our meals but they are pickier than my children. Any suggestions would be helpful.
My younger four children each have their own hens (pictured) and they are true pets. They don't mind the occasional snuggle and enjoy being petted. These hens are truly part of the family since we are allergic to cats and dogs. The hens names are Shadow, Snow, Hayley, and Rusty.