Why do chickens like to eat worms??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Murka, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Murka

    Murka New Egg

    Jan 3, 2016
    I have a large garden, and they're filled with worms. I let my chickens roam around, and they go absolutely nuts for those worms. They gobble them up in an instant. Why do they like worms? They eat them alive, and aren't they just filled with soil?
  2. goofychickens

    goofychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK here's the human answer:They need the protein and love to eat living bugs.
    Chicken answer: They taste good I don't care if there is dirt in them. ( humans. Ugh.)
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  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Worms are prime food! It's in their DNA to recognize worms as they dig in the soil, which is also inborn behavior.

    It's like we humans are programmed by our DNA to recognize a cheese burger when we see it, and not many of us are going to turn it down. [​IMG]
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Chickens came from a semi-tropical jungle and are omnivores. They will eat anything that is catchable! Mary

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