Originally Posted by Teila
Fizzybelle yep, I do know the good quality of Martyn’s items and hope I did not give the impression that I thought otherwise. I can not fault his great service and prices. His large live meal worms are so much bigger and cheaper than the only place I have found them locally. Unlike the live meal worms though, I do not think he actually processes the crickets, just distributes them. Dusty, who was the only other one who seemed interested in them and ate them with KiKi, had diarrhoea for a couple of days. Again, this could all be a huge coincidence but I may have got a bad batch. Anyway, the little Diva’s and Princesses get live and dried meal worms and were not that keen on the crickets, so I will err on the side of caution with the batch I have and not hand them out. Hubby agrees that it probably was not the crickets but the ‘what if it was’ thought and the possible consequences if it was, is enough for me to not continue to feed them.
Anniebee my girls do not love the dried meal worms as such but they are a good back up for when the stocks of live ones are running low. Also, while we give them a couple of live meal worms each intermittently during their free range time, we do throw a hand full of dried ones on the lawn occasionally, al fresco
Anyways, I think they eat the dried ones because they were introduced to live ones first. Martyn’s recommends adding a dash of cold press extra virgin olive so that the dried mealworms look ‘life-like’ to the birds’ but I have not personally needed to do that.
Teila .... glad your footy team won. Bad that you had to stand so long to watch it. Not good for the joints / aches / pains ....
I rather think that throwing the crickets in the garbage bin, is a darned good idea. You will never know if it was that, but seeing as how Dusty also had diarrhoea after eating them, I would be highly suspicious of their suitability. Bad batch ? Very likely. Good idea to err on the side of caution - in everything to do with chickens ( I have found anyway ).
No more dried crickets - EVER, if it were my option to decide. Not at all your fault though - we can get all kinds of nasties in our own food .... salmonella etc., from eating something that is not up to par. ... and we don't know about it at the time.
I have yet to try soaking a spoonful of dried mealworms in hot water - just to see if they plump up, and look at least like something that is edible to the chooks. If that doesn't work, I have done my dough !! .... they were not cheap by any means. Meanwhile, Mindy is in for a weekly treat - she eats them grandly.