Mealworms for Ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard of people raising mealworms for their chickens. Can you also feed them to your ducks? Any good sources for obtaining them and learning how to raise them?
     
  2. galgo98

    galgo98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks LOVE mealworms! I have been feeding them the dried mealworms since they were in the brooder. I've found that the dried ones are cheaper at Lowes (home improvement store) in the wild bird section. The ducks like them more than the peas (unfortunately, they are more expensive!!). I've recently started a mealworm farm and got a ton of info from this thread:

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

    Good luck!
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes ducks can eat meal worms. I've never personally fed them to my birds but I know many people have.
     
  4. ForeverChickens

    ForeverChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey anyone know if okay to feed em live mealworms? Cuz I have sum extra live mealworms that I feed my toads. And I reasntly hatched some ducklings, so could I feed em live ones? their about a week old. (sorry kinda asking a whole new question :p)
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Have the littles had some small grit yet? I hesitate to give "real" food to ducklings unless they have had a little grit.
     
  6. ducklover87

    ducklover87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd be careful about the live ones.. I fed mine dried mealworms when they were 2 days old but I had to crunch them up good. So unless you crunch them up (eewwwww) I'm not sure ts a good idea just yet. Unless of course you are gonna cut them up for them. Hope this helps :)
     
  7. ForeverChickens

    ForeverChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    kay thanks! I'll pass on the mealworms and just give em some peas instead! I can touch duck/chicken doodoo (if I can't avoid it :p) but I think I'll pass on squishing up meal worms for em! Had to squish some bugs for a baby bird once the sound still haunts me. (It was a rollie pollie makes it 10× worse!)
     
  8. DenverDucky

    DenverDucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dried mealworms are really easy to crumble since they arent mushy at all. My duck has been getting them since she was little and loves them
     
  9. Kimbo71

    Kimbo71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    I bought live mealworms for my 10 day old ducklings today, but I have just read this thread, so I guess I had better get some grit first. Can someone tell me exactly what the grit is? Is it just like washed river sand? Can I get it from a garden centre or is it a special kind of stuff?

    Also, the lady at the pet shop who sold me the meal worms suggested that as my ducklings are quite young I should squish the head off the meal worms so they so not injure the ducklings from the inside with their sharp mealworm jaws. This grossed me out, but I have a 10yo son who is more than happy to do it!

    Thanks!
     
  10. DuckDodgers

    DuckDodgers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have feed my ducks the Happy hen meal worm frenzy since they where about 4 days old. It crumbles and crushes really easy so grit should not be needed. I feed my ducks crushed oyster shells as grits. Grit is what the use to grind up their food since they really don't have teeth.
     

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