1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Mealworms in compost pile

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ximena, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Ximena

    Ximena Just Hatched

    May 14, 2016
    Hi I was wondering if it would be a good idea to intentionally put mealworms in a compost pile that chicken have access too. I've raised mealworms before but I didn't like sorting through all the pupae. My hope would be that the mealworms could live off the compost and as the chickens were scratching around they'd find an occasional treat. Any ideas?
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    Sounds like a reasonable plan. My guess is that while some larvae would survive and create a colony, the natural insects in the pile would soon take over and it would revert. Why don't you try it, and post your results here. It certainly would be easier than keeping a colony in a bucket.
  3. balloonflower

    balloonflower Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2016
    I would go for red wrigglers like you use for vermicomposting instead of mealworms.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by