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The truth about mealworms

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Can mealworms really eat through your chickens stomach? I read you are supposed to crush or remove their heads before feeding them to your chickens. I find this hard to belive. What is the real deal regarding this? Thx
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If this were true, my ladies would have been dead a long time ago! They love mealworms, either dried or fresh.

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post #3 of 9

Also if their gizzards can handle sharp stones, I am not sure how much damage a meal worm could do. Especially if they have those same stones in their gizzard to pulverize the worms fairly quickly.

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Where did you read this, exactly?  Heck, my chickens eat live centipedes and scorpions!

Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, and mealworms.  Protected by Ottoman the Turkey.
 

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Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, and mealworms.  Protected by Ottoman the Turkey.
 

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post #5 of 9

I was told this years ago when I had a turtle. But I was told only to do it on the superworms and if the animal swollowed the worms whole. Not sure if it was a "just in case" thing or they realy did try and eat there way back out..

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I was told this to about superworms and feeding them to my bearded dragons.  I really never believed it.

Southwest Arkansas here. We show - Crele OEGB.  Silver Sebrights.

 

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post #7 of 9

Wow, I have never heard of such a thing. I guess it could be possible with a turtle, but definitely not a chicken. The worms usually get crushed to death just by being picked up in the beak of the chicken. As for the turtle, I don't see it happening, I have seen turtles eat, and they usually eat small bites, small enough to kill a worm.

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
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Oh, I was just looking on a bearded dragon forum, and there were 3 people who had said that they mistakenly fed mealworms to baby bearded dragons, and the babies didn't chew them, so the worm ate a small hole in the stomach causing an abcess. I guess it does happen. ???????????

 

 

Definitely not to a chicken though.

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In the beginning there was nothing. God said, Let there be light! And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. Ellen DeGeneres   
also//////// Y'all also need to check out my homemade cooler incubator, my homemade fridge-a-bator, and my cabinet incubator on my BYC page.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-cabinet-incubator

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post #9 of 9
From what I've been able to find, this refers only to "super worms." Since I've never fed my chickens super worms (usually treated with a hormone to make them larger and never turn into a beetle) I can't comment on that. But the regular plain old mealworm does NOT do that.

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