feeding worms to chicks? OK? - NEW OWNER

surfchicken72

Songster
9 Years
Jun 3, 2010
126
8
101
Holbrook, Massachusetts
Hello all.. first post. I am a reluctant owner of 6 new baby chicks on S.Shore of Mass... 3 Rhode Island reds & 3 Barred Rocks.... not sure exactly how old they are but I'm guessing just a few weeks, as their "tails" are only just starting to come in (about 1 1/2 inches in length). Wife and I battled about owning them, and I came home to find them here last wee.
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BUT I am an animal lover, and now that they are are here, I will naturally do all I can to be sure they are raised properly and taken care of, (just don't tell my wife!) I've read you can feed them garden worms as a treat.. my only concern is making sure the worms are not too big... so what size worms should I give them? And give a WHOLE worm to 1 chick? also do I need to "clean" the worms by rinsing off dirt? And how often can/should this be done? I have more questions, too, but I'll start with this as I'll be digging in the garden today.

thanks.
surfchicken72
 

Chickengal505

Songster
10 Years
Jan 4, 2010
1,650
48
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Bolivia N.C
The dirter the better!!! The dirt serves as grit to help them digest the worm. and its okay to give them the worms as big as you want they'll play tug-o-war with it better than eat though
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But it sooooooo cute....
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surfchicken72

Songster
9 Years
Jun 3, 2010
126
8
101
Holbrook, Massachusetts
wow. well I gave them their first worm. spaghetti size in width, maybe 3 inches long. and once one took it, it was off to the races! EVERYBODY wanted it! I think about three of them got a piece of it. Pretty funny to watch them scrambling around. This doesn't cause any stress does it?
 

ChksontheRun

Songster
9 Years
Mar 18, 2010
247
1
109
Central Virginia
I dont think this is stressful, I think it is chicken games. Mine do that all of the time, one gets a piece of something good, lets out a squawk and the races are on.
 

azygous

Enabler
11 Years
Dec 11, 2009
24,161
35,279
1,122
Colorado Rockies
After reading this thread, I went out and dug up some tiny earth worms for my three-day-olds. It was a great bonding exercise! They got even more trusting of my hands. They sure didn't take long to figure out what to do with the wriggly things! The worms that is, not my fingers.
 

muell112

Songster
10 Years
Feb 4, 2009
346
10
131
Bangor, ME
My chickens eat an ungodly amount of worms when they go outside. I have adult hens that I've seen eat 5-15 large night crawlers each. Sometimes it takes them a little time to get them down but they are totally fine. In fact, I saw a grackle (smallish song bird) take a very large (~3 inX.25in) worm down this morning. I do give mine diatomaceous earth from the feed store as a de-wormer - I just read on this site a little while back that earthworms can carry their own internal fauna that can get into your chicken but am not sure about details/if it causes any problems. Mine are doing well.
 

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