How many meal worms should I give a chicken?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lindasking2175, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. lindasking2175

    lindasking2175 New Egg

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    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.

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  2. Chicks on DL

    Chicks on DL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  3. Mavrk

    Mavrk Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Brisingr Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this on the meal worm thread.
    Originally Posted by jchny2000 [​IMG]


    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.
     
  6. Mavrk

    Mavrk Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is for live ones, right? Dry would weigh less.
     
  7. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Live yes. What I find for dry is this.

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    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.
     
  8. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh just for the record. A pound of dry weigh the same as a pound of live. The volume changes. LOL

    You know the old saying a ton of bricks weighs the same as a ton of feathers. LOL
     
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  9. lbrtyldy

    lbrtyldy Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  10. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check this
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/492636/mealworm-farming
     

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