The Earth worm race!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crchickens, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. crchickens

    crchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have been having tons of rain and the earth worms are all gathering in our driveway. We decided to give some to the chickens. As soon as my hubby dropped one in, a chicken grabbed it and off it ran, with everyone else in chase. We threw about 6 worms in, and they were ripping them apart, and chasing each other. They seem to have eaten them all!! What a fun rainy day activity for the chicks in the brooder, when they could not spend any time outside.
     
  2. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    That's very cute! They do love a good treat. I find what's also pretty amusing to watch is just to dig in the spade and heave out a chunk of soil and give it to the chickens - beak aims for a spot that doesn't look in any way special to me, and out comes a worm... you'll be amazed at how many they can find in a block of dirt that looks to us like just a block of dirt. :lol:
     
  3. hiwasseenursery

    hiwasseenursery Out Of The Brooder

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    This is so much fun to watch! I've been getting the garden together and ready for tilling. I have a pile of chicken litter that I've been letting sit and break down all winter to scatter across the garden before tilling it in. As I started to dig in to scatter it I found it was full of large worms. Im talking 20-30 in a shovel full. I threw a handful in the brooder and the race was on! Its such a great cycle for them to feed my garden with nitrogen and for me to fill their belly with protein goodness
     
  4. QuiltinChick

    QuiltinChick Out Of The Brooder

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    How old do chicks have to be before we can feed them earthworms? I was thinking the other day it would be fun, but I don't think they are old enough. Our chicks are only 5 days old. We just put some chick grit in with their food today and also scattered it in the brooder for them to scratch for.

    I would love to start giving them treats, but just not sure how soon we can start.

    THANKS!!!
     
  5. Spongegirl

    Spongegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are 5 days old and are in a "chick nursery" right in the garden. It is so fun to watch the worm frenzy.
     
  6. chestypuller

    chestypuller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hope they like slugs cause we got some of them in our flower beds.
     
  7. QuiltinChick

    QuiltinChick Out Of The Brooder

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    So as long as mine are getting chick grit to help them digest it we can have fun with earthworms??????[​IMG]
     
  8. Fierlin1182

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    Yup, you should be okay! Even normal dirt or sand with the worms should be fine, as free range chickens get their grit from the earth anyway.
     

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