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Can I Feed Superworms And Calciworms To My Chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crazy huhn, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neighbor dropped of a huge box of meal worms, Superworms and Calciworms for my chickens today. While I always feed them meal worms, I have never fed them any Superworms or Calciworms. Does anybody know, if these are OK to feed to chickens or are there any concerns?
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    If you can't go icefishing to use them, there is no reason that you can't feed them to your chickens.
     
  3. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ice fishing? I am in So-Cal and it was 72 F during the day today........ [​IMG]
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    You have no location indicated so I didn't know you were in s. California. I'd imagine you wouldn't have to work as hard as we do to get a hole in the lake to fish in. Superworms are also sold by pet stores for feeding birds and reptiles.
     
  5. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Yes, but trust me, I know icy cold weather, because I grew up in Europe.....and I do not miss it. I guess, my neighbor got all the worms from the pet store, but I was not sure if my girls can have all different kinds, if they can transmit any diseases like earthworms or so. But maybe everything in moderation......

    Thanks for your response, Opa and stay warm.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    It is my understanding that "Superworms" are really just mealworms that have been fed something to prevent them from molting into pupae. Just over grown mealworms if you will.

    I've never heard of the Calciworms. Could they be fed high amounts of calcium for supplementing the reptiles with? I don't know much about keeping reptiles but I know that they sell liquid calcium supplements for them.
    ETA: apparently they are "naturally high in calcium" rather than supplemented. Here's a .pdf with nutrition facts on live reptile food, including both kinds of worms http://www.calciworms.com/Web Images/CalciWorm sales sheet.pdf
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010

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