How many meal worms should I give a chicken?

lindasking2175

Chirping
7 Years
Sep 26, 2012
8
0
65
I started raising meal worms just as a treat for my chickens. The problem is, they will eat all I can give them. I do limit them. I was just wondering how many can they have without hurting their diet.

Any info on this would be helpful.

I'm really getting a lot of worms.

Thanks
 

Chicks on DL

Songster
8 Years
Feb 1, 2012
313
11
126
West Coast, Florida.
A boy in Australia did a 120-day study and determined the more protein the larger the eggs. I have wondered about this myself because it seems that no matter how much table scraps I give them to eat they just keep eating. Can a chicken over eat?
 

Mavrk

Chirping
7 Years
I started raising meal worms just as a treat for my chickens. The problem is, they will eat all I can give them. I do limit them. I was just wondering how many can they have without hurting their diet.

Any info on this would be helpful.

I'm really getting a lot of worms.

Thanks
I was wondering this myself as I am about to start my mealworm farm. I hope someone has a good answer for us.
 

pigeonguy

Songster
11 Years
Dec 10, 2008
528
45
153
Northwest Illinois
I started raising meal worms just as a treat for my chickens. The problem is, they will eat all I can give them. I do limit them. I was just wondering how many can they have without hurting their diet.

Any info on this would be helpful.

I'm really getting a lot of worms.

Thanks
I found this on the meal worm thread.
Originally Posted by jchny2000


The crickets won but soo not doing those, mealies sure beat the waxworm... here's the info i found!
Grubco offered this info
http://www.grubco.com/nutritional_information.cfm

Nutritional Information

To keep you better informed, our products have been analyzed by an independent lab. We are the only live food producer to publish a nutritional analysis. We have done so for years and intend to continue our commitment to quality and consistency.
NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS
Crickets​
Meal Worms​
Wax Worms​
Super Worms​
Fly Larvae​
Moisture, %
69.07​
62.44​
61.73​
59.37​
68.18​
Fat, %
6.01​
12.72​
22.19​
17.89​
7.81​
Protein, %
21.32​
20.27​
15.50​
17.41​
15.58​
Fiber, %
3.2​
1.73​
7.69​
6.80​
3.46​
Ash
2.17​
1.57​
1.02​
1.20​
1.40​
Ca, ppm
345​
133​
283​
124​
874​
P, ppm
4238​
3345​
2161​
2320​
2405​
CA/P ratio %
0.081​
0.040​
0.131​
0.053​
0.363​
So if this info is fact then because of the fat content I would say 10% of their diet. This is not fact just opinion. So lets go with that and say each chicken eats between 6 and 8 ounces of feed per day that would be .6 to .8 ounces of meal worms a day. If you have 10 chickens that would be 6 to 8 ounces of meal worms a day. 8 ounces is a half of a pound. I guess now the question is how many meal worms in a half pond? All I know is a lot.
 

Mavrk

Chirping
7 Years
So if this info is fact then because of the fat content I would say 10% of their diet. This is not fact just opinion. So lets go with that and say each chicken eats between 6 and 8 ounces of feed per day that would be .6 to .8 ounces of meal worms a day. If you have 10 chickens that would be 6 to 8 ounces of meal worms a day. 8 ounces is a half of a pound. I guess now the question is how many meal worms in a half pond? All I know is a lot.
This is for live ones, right? Dry would weigh less.
 

pigeonguy

Songster
11 Years
Dec 10, 2008
528
45
153
Northwest Illinois
This is for live ones, right? Dry would weigh less.
Live yes. What I find for dry is this.

:
Protein(min) 51%
Crude Fat(min) 23%
Fiber(max) 8%
Moisture(max) 7%
Weight: 11 lbs


From here
http://mealwormsbythepound.com/Bulk-Dried-Mealworms-11-lbs-Free-Shipping-POM11.htm

At this point you need to worry about protein and fat. Do you have live or dried?

For every 10 pound of feed at 16% protein if you add 10% dried meal worms 1 pound you would end up at 19.2% protein.

I'm still just worried about the fat. I do think adding that much fat is ok though would not want to go more.
 

lbrtyldy

In the Brooder
8 Years
Dec 18, 2011
72
8
31
How are you raising meal worms. I harvest earthworms from my composters for them and have an indoor worm composter but don't create a fraction of the worms that they can easily eat. So adding meal worms could be helpful in keeping them satisfied and grain bills down.
 

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