Hi everyone. I am thinking about starting a mealworm farm but I'm wondering how beneficial they are to chickens and if I'm already feeding my girls whole corn and layer pellets is it possible to feed them too much protein or will they not eat them if they don't need the protein?
Corn should generally only be used as an occasional treat or to help maintain heat in the cold.
Any treat should only make up a very small percentage of diet, and if you're feeding commercial layer pellets, you're feeding a complete diet just in the pellets, everything else is 'snacks'..
That being said, I give mine access to fresh greens, flock blocks, weeds, bugs, etc in addition to layer or grower crumble all the time.. when I offer corn, I only offer cracked (believe they digest it better)..
But, nutrition aside, your birds will love you if you start a mealworm farm..lol.. there's nothing better than throwing a handful in with a hen and chicks, and seeing her teach them what they are, followed shortly by a game of mealworm football with the chicks. .
Or a rooster calling all the girls over for them...
Im sure they offer more nutrition wise than I know, but regardless you'll have a blast