how many mealworms would a chicken need on daily basis and do u give them evryday

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by saritak, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. saritak

    saritak New Egg

    Feb 7, 2014
    thank u for welcoming me.
    a friend has 100 chickens and want to feed them mealworms - how many would u need for each chicken and would u feed them everyday.
    how many worms would you need to start off.
    please help.
    thank u. god bless
  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Meal worms are 50% protein. But they aren't very big. The trouble is that it would take an awful lot of them to meet the nutritional needs of a chicken. If you buy them, at around $8 per 100, which is what I paid for my first worms a few years ago, you're talking about a huge expense. If you raise them yourself, it's going to take a large colony to feed your flock.

    Most all chicken keepers provide meal worms strictly as a treat.
  3. Shalom Farm

    Shalom Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    These are pretty much fed as a treat only.

    Supplying all of then's protein through mealworms would probably equal about 100 small-medium worms each.
    As a treat? Just a few will do. Probably about 3-5 worms per hen, so your friend would do good to raise his own.

    Dried mealworms I just scatter about until each chicken has gobbled up a few. So if they are looking to buy it, not raise it, that is a pretty good method for treats.

    If however, you friend wants to use them for a source of protein, then using cheap cuts of meats from the butcher/grocer would be cheaper in the long run. Even cheap canned meats will do. I'd say no more than 1oz. of meat per hen (with the fat, do not have it trimmed). Alternating between sources of animal and plant proteins is good. Duckweed and soy would be a good substitute. Duckweed can be grown in a kiddie pool.
  4. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    I think that feeding regular chicken feed would be easier (and probably less expensive) than trying to make up a chicken's daily diet with just mealworms. But they are great to feed as a treat!
  5. sueblack

    sueblack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2012
    Saegertown, PA
    To provide enough mealworms for that many chickens I suggest starting out with as many worms as you can afford to buy. 5000 minimum. It will take about 3 months for them to complete a life cycle before you will have any to feed to your chickens. As long as you save enough worms each week to pupate and start the cycle over you should never run out of worms.

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