feeding chickens red worms?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lisamcconnell, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. lisamcconnell

    lisamcconnell In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2008
  2. spencereb

    spencereb In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2007

    I tried to convince mine that a worm would be good them. Their response was lukewarm. Yes they eventually got after it, but certainly not with the gusto exhibited with insects, etc.

    One of their favorite treats from me is a bagel. I walk about the yard and as I go, I bite off small bits of the bagel and blow it out of my mouth toward them. We look like the pied piper, they just follow me around and go crazy to be the first one there to get the bits. When I step out the back door, they all come running up to me hoping that it's bagel time!

    Don't we just love our chickens?

  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Mine love mealworms but not so crazy about red worms. I started a compost bin to raise red worms and I had hoped they would eventually learn to like them. Im not even sure the compost bin is working out. Mealworms yes, red worms not so sure.
  4. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    I haven't tried red worms, but waxworms were a HUGE hit. The resulting game of keep away was highly entertaining!
  5. ji

    ji In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2008
    I am raising red wrigglers to feed my birds and I am a little nervouse now because each time I try and feed them a little taste they turn up their beaks and walk away.
    In contrast, when I throw them an earth worm from the garden they can't gobble it up fast enough. They are not generally picky eaters but I have noticed they are pickier now that it is summer.
    I am hoping that cold weather and slimmer pickins' in the forage dept. might turn them to the worm side of eating. They do have ultimate forage here too so they can afford to be picky for now.
  6. zgrower

    zgrower In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2008
    I am also rasing red worms now, both in my compost heap and in two smaller beds. This is my first time at it and i'm trying to figgure out the best method. Anyway, I actually havent fed them any worms yet. one, i dont have enough yet to lose any. second, I am trying to get the ingredients together for making my own feed. I plan on using red worms as most of my protein.
    Only once did I see my chickens eat a live worm. Numerous times I see them inspect them, then move on to something more lively. But I also see them devour this cheap crappy feed i'm currently forced to feed them. so I have no faith in their taste buds.
  7. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Critters wil not willing eat something that is not good for them. Earthworms are hosts for all kinds of evil little microbes.
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Mine love worms, including earthworms. Now when it rains, unless it's pouring, they stay outside, looking for worms that are coming to the surface because their borrows are flooding. The girls have mud all over their beaks and look like toddlers with chocolate cake smeared all over their faces.

    Worms are a natural food for chickens. Mine discovered them on their own and I'm not going to lock them up 24/7, just to keep them from eating worms. [​IMG]

    A lot of people have cultured red worms for feeding to chickens. So far, I haven't heard any horror stories.
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Sometimes mine love the worms, other times they're not interested. But boy oh boy, give them a little black beetle or a centipede & watch the game of keepaway begin!
  10. Mine liked earthworms better than red wrigglers, too! The earthworms look, errrr, jucier.

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