Dried vs. Fresh mealworms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dirtbath, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. dirtbath

    dirtbath Out Of The Brooder

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    SO Lowes has a dried bucket of around 1000 mealworms for about $6. Petco has fresh for $6 but there are only about 100. Economical the dried is cheaper, but do your chickens know the difference? Mine are obsessed with fresh, but I haven't tried the dried ones yet.
     
  2. pkzman

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    Mine go NUTS for the dried ones too. I can't give you any nutritional differences, but I'm sure someone on here can help.

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  3. DOnSoCalOC

    DOnSoCalOC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fresh are great and all BUT I read that you have to decapitate them so that they do not chew through the intestines of the chicken. So I used to decapitate them and it took forever! My girls LOVE the dried though! Unfortunately I purchased a bag at the pet store for nearly $20! I am going to call my Lowes to see if they carry them...because my girls love them. I take a small amount and sprinkle them out to them on the grass and they go crazy! I also buy them large crickets on occasion and we have fun watching them.

    Thank you for sharing! [​IMG]

    Nutritional Analysis from 2 different brands/sites:

    • Crude Protein (min.) 47.0%
    • Crude Fat (min.) 26.0%
    • Crude Fiber (max.) 7.0%
    • Moisture (max.) 9.5%.

    • Typical Analysis:
    Protein 36%, Crude Fat 18%, Fiber 7%, Moisture 9%
    • High in protein, fat, and potassium which wild birds need to maintain energy
     
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  4. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Geezzz, Lowes carries dried meal worms!?!

    What was the weight on 1000 dried meals worms? I know the 10oz tubs by Hapy Hen Treats runs around $15.
     
  5. hearts34

    hearts34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Decapitate them??????? I never heard this. I was going to start raising them, but is this true about decapitation?
     
  6. HippieChick76

    HippieChick76 Blossom Backyard Farm

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    I just sent an email to find out pricing because I was going to raise them. I hope this isn't true.
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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  8. dirtbath

    dirtbath Out Of The Brooder

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    Gosh I wish I looked at the size of the continer so I could tell you. It was a container larger than a cottage cheese container. Literally thousands. My Lowe's has them in the wildbird seed section in the garden center.
     
  9. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found the dried mealworms at Lowes last summer & my girls have been going crazy of their "chicken crack" ever since. I just looked at a container, and it says 6 ounces. By volume, it's a little more than 4 cups. It's in the bird seed section.
     
  10. DOnSoCalOC

    DOnSoCalOC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere in BYC Forums about decapitating them so that they don't chew through the chickens from the inside, so I did it. I just use the freeze dried now. Raising them is cost efficient though. I just got a 16oz tub that came out to $1.40/oz including shipping, about 16k worms. My Lowes didn't carry them, here in SoCA, so I found a place online and ordered from them.

    Cheers to fun treats for the flock!!! [​IMG]
     

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