A Great Mystery: Why are my chickens NOT eating worms?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jsFarmYard, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. jsFarmYard

    jsFarmYard Hatching

    Oct 15, 2010
    Strange. My two barred rock hens are no longer eating worms (they're 3+ years old and otherwise feeding normally). Past winters, when the ground is wet, I take them through the yard overturning rocks, stepping stones , etc. and they've gobbled up the earth worms like a delicacy. This winter they turn their beaks up at the crawling creatures. Anybody have a clue as to why?

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    Maybe their tastes have changed? I don't know! But a word of warning: earth worms can be carriers of intestinal worms' eggs. So it's not an ideal snack for them. Mealworms are great though! And crickets...

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