Worms for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by HenHoneyGirl, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. HenHoneyGirl

    HenHoneyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking about starting a worm box and growing worms for the chickens, just wondering if anyone here is doing that and if it's worth the hassle.
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of worms?
     
  3. HenHoneyGirl

    HenHoneyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I guess I should have specified! There's more kinds of worms than just earth worms. I was thinking earth worms, good for the garden, good for the chickens.
     
  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've done red wigglers before, pre-chicken times. Very easy. Unfortunately I ended up with a serious fruit fly infestation and had to shut the whole operation down. I have been thinking of starting it up again, but I need to find a better place than my basement!
     
  5. nissalovescats

    nissalovescats Out Of The Brooder

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    I have tried raising earthworms and mealworms for my flock. My earthworm bins have never worked out so far. I have mealworms growing in two three-drawer plastic storage units. I like the mealworms because even if their bins are neglected for quite a while they can recover. I think I will raise Canadian nightcrawlers seasonally in an outdoor bin this year, because I can also use them in the garden beds.
     
  6. HenHoneyGirl

    HenHoneyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do meal worms smell? The bag of dried meal worms i get at the feed store definitely has an unpleasant odor. Do the live ones smell just as bad?
     
  7. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They tend to smell like their bedding as long as you keep it free of dead worms and mouldering food. The frass doesn't smell particularly pleasant, but it falls to the bottom of the container and is covered by the aforementioned bedding. If it starts getting whiffy, you add more bedding or sift the frass out and dump it out in the garden (plants LOVE it).
     

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