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The truth about mealworms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by In2Ice, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. In2Ice

    In2Ice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can mealworms really eat through your chickens stomach? I read you are supposed to crush or remove their heads before feeding them to your chickens. I find this hard to belive. What is the real deal regarding this? Thx
     
  2. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If this were true, my ladies would have been dead a long time ago! They love mealworms, either dried or fresh.
     
  3. Stuart77047

    Stuart77047 Out Of The Brooder

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    Also if their gizzards can handle sharp stones, I am not sure how much damage a meal worm could do. Especially if they have those same stones in their gizzard to pulverize the worms fairly quickly.
     
  4. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you read this, exactly? Heck, my chickens eat live centipedes and scorpions!
     
  5. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told this years ago when I had a turtle. But I was told only to do it on the superworms and if the animal swollowed the worms whole. Not sure if it was a "just in case" thing or they realy did try and eat there way back out..
     
  6. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told this to about superworms and feeding them to my bearded dragons. I really never believed it.
     
  7. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I have never heard of such a thing. I guess it could be possible with a turtle, but definitely not a chicken. The worms usually get crushed to death just by being picked up in the beak of the chicken. As for the turtle, I don't see it happening, I have seen turtles eat, and they usually eat small bites, small enough to kill a worm.
     
  8. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I was just looking on a bearded dragon forum, and there were 3 people who had said that they mistakenly fed mealworms to baby bearded dragons, and the babies didn't chew them, so the worm ate a small hole in the stomach causing an abcess. I guess it does happen. ???????????


    Definitely not to a chicken though.
     
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    From what I've been able to find, this refers only to "super worms." Since I've never fed my chickens super worms (usually treated with a hormone to make them larger and never turn into a beetle) I can't comment on that. But the regular plain old mealworm does NOT do that.
     

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