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Liver damage? Never heard such a thing. Yes, they are good as a treat and a protein supplement. I throw handfuls of freeze dried mealworms to my flock and now I'm also raising mealworms. VERY good source of protein.
Yes, that is what I have heard, but ironically people have said in articles the exact opposite of what you just said. UGHH so confused lol!!! I get so many mixed emotions. I'm gonna go with my gut and still feed mealworms, but not an excess amount. Thank you though!
Here is an article that I have copied and pasted.
I guess that, as with most things, common sense and moderation is key. Certainly if hens were confined and fed a diet of all or mostly meal worms their nutrition would certainly be off and yes, protein would be to high. But fed as the occasional treat? You are not going to run into trouble that way.
Sometimes, when calculating the "cost to do" on something, people forget to consider all factors- most importantly, TIME.
You can raise mealworms for an absolute minimum monetary cost. However, to run a successful, productive colony of mealworms, you will need to spend a small amount of daily time for maintenance, as well as taking weekly and monthly maintenance actions.
My children are 8 & 10, and they run a small mealworm colony, and sell their live mealworms. The money they make covers all of their costs and also gives them a little spending money, but their mealworms are the only critters they tend to, so it's not an "added" burden. I'm happy to buy their mealworms from them, simply to allow myself the time to enjoy seeing the chickens gobble up their treats.
There are many mealworm-raising tutorials online. CLICK HERE: MEALWORMS