night crawlers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kentucky jay, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. kentucky jay

    kentucky jay Out Of The Brooder

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    i know chickens eat worms , but will they eat night crawlers ? i have been planning a nightcrawler box for fishing bait , could i feed my flock nightcrawlers??? i only have 9 chickens .....2 are silkies ...
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Night crawlers are fine if your birds will eat them--some of mine were afraid of them for a while. Now they fight over them.

    The only problem I see with earthworms is where they are collected--this goes back to my day of keeping tropical fish. If you are collecting them from areas where pesticides and herbicides are used those chemicals are going into your birds. As long as the collection is made from nontreated areas, earthworms of any size are fine fare.
     
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  3. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Dad tells the story of how he observed a hen having some kind of seizure. He caught her and found a night crawler half way down her throat. She couldn't get it down or back out. He simply pulled it out of her throat and she walked away with just her pride wounded a bit.
     
  4. kentucky jay

    kentucky jay Out Of The Brooder

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    wow ...didnt think about them choking on a nightcrawler .........now i gotta rethink my plan !!!!
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    It just takes them a few trys to learn how to eat them efficiently, when they start getting all wiggly.
     
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Study up on Gape worm, which is a parasite that can be carried by earth worms..

    Make an informed decision..[​IMG]

    Me, sometimes they get worms from the worm bin but not to often..

    Mine get plenty of earth worms free ranging in season.

    ON
     
  7. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have seen them gobble up night crawlers out the compost pile. They love them.
     
  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Earthworms & Nightcrawlers can carry Gape & roundworm eggs. The chickens love them, but make sure you worm your birds at least twice a year. (Worm your birds with wormer, not worms) [​IMG]
     
  9. kentucky jay

    kentucky jay Out Of The Brooder

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    do you think that store bought nightcrawlers would have gape and roundworm eggs ????? if i come up with another expense for these chickens my wife is gonna flip out !!!! lol
     
  10. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens eat the nightcrawlers, on a morning after a night rain, the worms are everywhere, the chickens ignore the scratch and run for the worm hunt and tug-o-wars fun when I let them out in the morning.
     

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