Live Proteins To Raise For Chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Wild Child, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. Wild Child

    Wild Child Chirping

    May 17, 2015
    Dakota County Mn
    I'm looking to convert my flock to a better diet. I've been thinking about raising insects as a live protein source but my family isn't to keen with the idea other then crickets, earthworms, and possibly meal worms.
    Here's some things I've come up with:
    1. Aquatic Snails
    2. Crickets
    3. Earthworms
    4. Guppies
    5. Meal Worms

    and I know this isn't a live protein source but has anyone tried feeding duckweed to chickens?

  2. My girls LOVE mealworms so much and from what I've heard everyone else's chickens love them too. I read somewhere though that 1 teaspoon a day per chicken is more than enough as too much can cause kidney failure (same goes for sun flower seeds). Mealworms are about 50% protein so in moderation that would be great for your flock.

    Personally, my girls don't really like earthworms, but they are full of protein. I read that they also have significant amounts of calcium and some iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium , and copper.

    I've never heard of people feeding aquatic snails or guppies to their chickens, but I do know that they absolutely love crickets. Crickets are about 20% protein and 14% calcium.

    I just looked it up and one site says duckweed is around 40% protein and they feed it to their chickens.
  3. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    Duckweed is an excellent chicken treat.

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