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Are mealworms good for chickens? I know chickens go crazy for mealworms, but since mealworms are so full of protein are they good? A lot of people seem to say they will cause liver damage. I personally think the protein is good for the laying hens, but would do you guys think?
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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.

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Liver damage?  I would want to see the cited sources of the studies that prove that.  Some things are absurd.

 

I don't feed meal worms, but my chickens forage daily, eating all manner of things.

 

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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!

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Here is an article that I have copied and pasted.

 

 

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I am especially concerned about all of the people feeding their hens mealworms. A small amount, like one tablespoon a day, is a fine treat. But, people SHOULD NOT BE feeding handfuls. They’re practically feeding their hens pure protein (mealworms are up around 50%) The chicken expert at my local feedstore just told me about hens dying from kidney failure due to being fed mealworms as the main part of their diet. Besides the health dangers, mealworms are very expensive.
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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. 

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