Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WhiteLeghorn2, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

    Aug 8, 2013
    Are mealworms good for chickens? I know chickens go crazy for mealworms, but since mealworms are so full of protein are they good? A lot of people seem to say they will cause liver damage. I personally think the protein is good for the laying hens, but would do you guys think?
  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Songster

    Liver damage? Never heard such a thing. Yes, they are good as a treat and a protein supplement. I throw handfuls of freeze dried mealworms to my flock and now I'm also raising mealworms. VERY good source of protein.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Liver damage? I would want to see the cited sources of the studies that prove that. Some things are absurd.

    I don't feed meal worms, but my chickens forage daily, eating all manner of things.

  4. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

    Aug 8, 2013
    Yes, that is what I have heard, but ironically people have said in articles the exact opposite of what you just said. UGHH so confused lol!!! I get so many mixed emotions. I'm gonna go with my gut and still feed mealworms, but not an excess amount. Thank you though!
    Here is an article that I have copied and pasted.

  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    I guess that, as with most things, common sense and moderation is key. Certainly if hens were confined and fed a diet of all or mostly meal worms their nutrition would certainly be off and yes, protein would be to high. But fed as the occasional treat? You are not going to run into trouble that way.
  6. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chirping

    Sep 19, 2014
    Humboldt, California
    Yes definitely heard it will cause liver damage. I usually give them a table spoon a day. But they got into the mealworms bucket and ate it all. [​IMG] should I be worried? Does anyone know if that will cause liver problems?
  7. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Songster

    Jun 8, 2014
    how do you raise mealworms? is it cheaper to do that then to buy them?
  8. nerofotia

    nerofotia Hatching

    Aug 10, 2015
    Sometimes, when calculating the "cost to do" on something, people forget to consider all factors- most importantly, TIME.

    You can raise mealworms for an absolute minimum monetary cost. However, to run a successful, productive colony of mealworms, you will need to spend a small amount of daily time for maintenance, as well as taking weekly and monthly maintenance actions.

    My children are 8 & 10, and they run a small mealworm colony, and sell their live mealworms. The money they make covers all of their costs and also gives them a little spending money, but their mealworms are the only critters they tend to, so it's not an "added" burden. I'm happy to buy their mealworms from them, simply to allow myself the time to enjoy seeing the chickens gobble up their treats.

    There are many mealworm-raising tutorials online. CLICK HERE: MEALWORMS

    Good luck!
  9. k19smith

    k19smith In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2015
    I'm newer to chickens but I have been raising mealworms for 5 years. I pretty much toss mine some food and sift out dust maybe once a month if that, they thrive possibly could get more with more dictated care but I'm happy with them. You can also add things to make your mealworms more nutritious they pretty much are what they eat I add spirulina power I have also heard of people adding powdered milk. I feed them scraps but try to stay toward healthy stuff ie leafy veggies, carrots I stay away from potatoes. I used to sell a lot and they are super cheap to keep.
  10. ChickenJay203

    ChickenJay203 In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2015
    I see mealworms come in different sizes. Do adult hens prefer a certain size? Are mealworms good for egg production?

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