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feeding chickens red worms?

post #1 of 16
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Hi All,

I am experimenting w/ feeding my chickens red worms which I read about here: www.themodernhomestead.us/article/current-feeding-practice.html.

Just
wondering if anyone else does this? I could use some tips! I did e-mail the author of the article, but haven't heard back. I am sure he is inundated w/ e-mails.

Thanks,
Lisa

post #2 of 16

lisamcconnell,

I tried to convince mine that a worm would be good them.  Their response was lukewarm.  Yes they eventually got after it, but certainly not with the gusto exhibited with insects, etc.

One of their favorite treats from me is a bagel.  I walk about the yard and as I go, I bite off small bits of the bagel and blow it out of my mouth toward them.  We look like the pied piper, they just follow me around and go crazy to be the first one there to get the bits.  When I step out the back door, they all come running up to me hoping that it's bagel time! 

Don't we just love our chickens?

-Spence

Any people, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better-Lincoln-US Congress 1847

 

All we wish is to go in peace-Jefferson Davis
 
When asked “Why not let the South go in peace” Replied “I can’t let them go, who would pay for the government? What then will become of my tariff?" Lincoln to Virginia Compromise Delegation March 1861
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Any people, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better-Lincoln-US Congress 1847

 

All we wish is to go in peace-Jefferson Davis
 
When asked “Why not let the South go in peace” Replied “I can’t let them go, who would pay for the government? What then will become of my tariff?" Lincoln to Virginia Compromise Delegation March 1861
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post #3 of 16

Mine love mealworms but not so crazy about red worms. I started a compost bin to raise red worms and I had hoped they would eventually learn to like them.  Im not even sure the compost bin is working out. Mealworms yes, red worms not so sure.

-Robin-
Let your life speak for you...it is said, "How you live your life speaks so loudly that others can't hear what you are saying anyway."
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-Robin-
Let your life speak for you...it is said, "How you live your life speaks so loudly that others can't hear what you are saying anyway."
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post #4 of 16

I haven't tried red worms, but waxworms were a HUGE hit.  The resulting game of keep away was highly entertaining!

post #5 of 16

I am raising red wrigglers to feed my birds and I am a little nervouse now because each time I try and feed them a little taste they turn up their beaks and walk away.
In contrast, when I throw them an earth worm from the garden they can't gobble it up fast enough. They are not generally picky eaters but I have noticed they are pickier now that it is summer.
I am hoping that cold weather and slimmer pickins' in the forage dept. might turn them to the worm side of eating. They do have ultimate forage here too so they can afford to be picky for now.

post #6 of 16

I am also rasing red worms now, both in my compost heap and in two smaller beds. This is my first time at it and i'm trying to figgure out the best method. Anyway, I actually havent fed them any worms yet. one, i dont have enough yet to lose any. second, I am trying to get the ingredients together for making my own feed. I plan on using red worms as most of my protein.
Only once did I see my chickens eat a live worm. Numerous times I see them inspect them, then move on to something more lively. But I also see them devour this cheap crappy feed i'm currently forced to feed them. so I have no faith in their taste buds.

post #7 of 16

Critters wil not willing eat something that is not good for them. Earthworms are hosts for all kinds of evil little microbes.

post #8 of 16

Mine love worms, including earthworms.  Now when it rains, unless it's pouring, they stay outside, looking for worms that are coming to the surface because their borrows are flooding.  The girls have mud all over their beaks and look like toddlers with chocolate cake smeared all over their faces.

Worms are a natural food for chickens.  Mine discovered them on their own and I'm not going to lock them up 24/7, just to keep them from eating worms.  lol

A lot of people have cultured red worms for feeding to chickens.  So far, I haven't heard any horror stories.

post #9 of 16

Sometimes mine love the worms, other times they're not interested.  But boy oh boy, give them a little black beetle or a centipede & watch the game of keepaway begin!

post #10 of 16

Mine liked earthworms better than red wrigglers, too!  The earthworms look, errrr, jucier.

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