feeding worms to chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by atr04screw, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. atr04screw

    atr04screw Out Of The Brooder

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    I went to the store today and picked up some worms for my 4 wk old chicks. At first I gave them the whole worm (they were tiny worms) because I thought they would just tear them up with their beak. They just grabbed the worm and ran around with them and didn't try to eat it or anything. Then I broke the worms into smaller pieces and they ate some of the pieces but left some. I thought they would have loved them and fought over them like they do for bugs. Are they just too young for worms?
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Maybe, or maybe they had eaten already and their crops were full.

    You may want to avoid giving them too many worms, as chickens get round worms and other intestinal parasites from the invertabrates they eat (among other places). If you worm your birds regularly, it really isn't an issue, but keep an eye out for it,ya know? [​IMG]
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Some worms, even those used for bait, taste like crap. Many species out there. You may have bought a nasty one.
     
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    centrarchid knows this from personal experience? [​IMG] LOL!!
     
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    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Some truth to that. Although most based on using worms as food for experimental fishes.

    To us a good tasting worm tasts greasy. A bad tasting worm is acrid like pine needles or vinegar.
     
  6. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    *giggles*
     
  7. Arielle

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    centrarchid wrote:

    Some truth to that. Although most based on using worms as food for experimental fishes.

    To us a good tasting worm tasts greasy. A bad tasting worm is acrid like pine needles or vinegar.

    I love what I can learn from BYC members !!


    OP: my chicks did the same thing; their interest didn't resume until POL. Now they are pigs! [​IMG]
     
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