Originally Posted by silkydragon
Originally Posted by newbie coops
Worms aren't a natural choice for chickens for protein - and they are also a source of internal parasitic worms. So I would go light on the worms. My chickens don't seem to know what to do with them, either. That should tell you something. If a chicken won't eat them, there must be a good reason.
lol things like this make me luagh becouse worms are natural food sources even if they are not the most healthiest choice they are a part of a chickens natural diet if you have a hen raise a baby chick she will pull a worm out of the ground for the baby would a hen do this out of instinct if it was harmfull to the or "unnatural"?
Edited by Organics North - 5/15/10 at 3:48am
Yes I too got a chuckle out of the statement that "worms are not natural choice for chickens protein".
IMHO,, Chickens are obnivours, it is natural for them to forage for diverse foods, which includes many grubs, worms and insects. (Heck anything live or dead they can get their beak around is fair game for a hungry chicken for that matter..) What is NOT natural is for chickens to be penned. Pen raised chickens fed commercial feed may not know what to do with a worm or insect. YES, one needs to read up on and understand the risk of parasitic worms, such as Gape worm. It IS a risk if you give worms to chickens! So some may choose not too.
Here is my "farmboy logic" on the risk of parasitic worms from earth/red worms:
Chickens that are foraging for worms in concentrated areas such as runs that may have worms feeding on chicken droppings are at higher risk of getting a parasite than free ranging chickens. Worms from worm bins that only have vegetable scraps fed are less risky than worms raised in bins on manure from other animals especially chicken manure. (Thinking is parasites need a cycle to reproduce, breaking that cycle should help reduce the risk.)
Again, just my opinion I could be completely wrong.. Either way reading up on Gape is never a bad idea.
Yes my chickens love dirt and worms! Heck they stand right under the tractor bucket waiting to pick through the scoop of dirt, I can hardly get a shovel in the ground or move the rake because the chickens are right there waiting to pick through the freshly turned soil. My birds are introduced to dirt after they are a week old. So picking through dirt is "natural" for them. (They get spent organic lettuce plants; roots, soil, worms and all right in the brooder. )