Do I have to provide them with bugs through the snowy winter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MotherHenInMass, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. MotherHenInMass

    MotherHenInMass Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to this whole chicken thing and I see people posting about deliberately growing mealworms. I've always tried to avoid the little creatures, though I realize my girls' may feel differently on the subject. I'm just wondering if I'll be depriving them if I don't go down that path? I have 6 black sex-link hens and this is their first winter too. Here's a picture of one of my hens checking out the strange white stuff for the very first time.

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    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to, but they will love you for it. You can buy freeze dried ones if you don't want to mess with farming them.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suspect that they will be fine without supplemental bugs. Those who live where there are no winter weeds probably don't have problems with the chickens not having supplemental greens in winter.

    Chris
     
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  4. MotherHenInMass

    MotherHenInMass Out Of The Brooder

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    Where do you get the freeze dried ones? I go to Agway near me to get feed and shavings. Perhaps they have them - or do people buy them online?
     
  5. MotherHenInMass

    MotherHenInMass Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure I'm following your logic? Sorry if I'm being dense.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    No you don't have to provide bugs.

    If you are concerned about protein intake you can offer meat scraps, scrambled eggs, higher protein feed such as Flock Raiser during molt, etc.
     
  7. MotherHenInMass

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  8. ChickiesInUtah

    ChickiesInUtah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scrambled eggs, good idea! Thanks! I was just wondering this myself. I bought a few tubs of the freeze dried worms a while back but man.....$$$$.
     

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