Earthworms safe?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WhiteLeghorn2, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

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    Hi y'all. I noticed a lot of chicken owners like to catch and feed their chickens earthworms. I've also read that you can't give them earthworms because earthworms can often carry coccidiosis because the worms eat eggs and then the eggs hatch in your chicken. So which is correct? Can you feed them earthworms or not? I'm getting mixed emotions. Thanks y'all!
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  2. Jordi15

    Jordi15 Chirping

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    I won't feed them earthworms but if they scratch them up themselves I can't really stop them so I worm them once or twice a year.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Mine have always eaten worms. I purposefully place plywood in the run and periodically flip it over to expose the worms and other bugs underneath. It's a free-for-all!
     
  4. redstar14

    redstar14 Chirping

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    I agree with donrae
     
  5. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Chirping

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    It's true that earth worms can give your chicken worms but they give an excellent source of protein, methionine and lysine for poultry.
    So I try to give my chickens lots of worms.
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  6. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

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    Thank you, Sophia! [​IMG]
     
  7. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Chirping

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    You're welcome!!
     

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