dried vs live mealworms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by iPeanut1990, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine like both. I already buy live mealworms for my pet frogs and always have plenty for the chickens too but I was wondering if there's a nutritional difference that would be better for the chickens?
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Nutrtionally speaking and as a training tool, live superior. I have purchased dried that were either improperly stored should not have been packaged in the first place but that was the exception. I use primarily as a treat so nutritonal quality not that important so long as not over used.
     
  3. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm planning on switching my girls to Layena pellets once my bag of Dumor grower/finisher is gone and they start laying. They're about 13 weeks old right now so still have a little while before we get eggs plus have a whole bag of Dumor to go through still. I'm a little worried about feeding them a vegetarian feed so I'm planning on supplementing with meal worms for the protein. I was gonna throw a handful or 2 down with their scratch ( I have very small hands). Right now they get meal worms as a treat a few times a week.
     
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    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Even though Layena is plant based only, it should be complete. Problem I have had with in past dealt with palatibility. That is one feed I employ the fermentation route with. You can also mix in a little chick grower for the animal protein which is more cost effective than mealworms.
     

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