feeding red worms to chicken
I know there are a lot of chicken lovers out there, and I’m sure some of them are wondering the same thing: Is it OK to give red worms to chickens?
Yes, feeding Red Worms (or mealworms, but that’s an other issue) to hens is a fantastic idea.
Red Wiggler worms are not only excellent composting worms but they may also be fed to animals as a high-protein, nutrient-dense meal (i.e., chicken feed).
Now, if you’re considering cultivating your own worms for the sake of convenience, go ahead. Just keep in mind that there is a drawback: it takes a long time and a lot of effort for this self-sustaining food supply to increase quickly enough to meet the demands of your hungry animals.
Even with the time and effort put into the worm farm, you will find it to be a very cost-effective investment in the long run.
You’ll be making fewer trips to the feed store, which will save you money as well as give you more time to spend with your prized chickens! So, if you’re raising hens, consider starting a worm farm as well.
If you want to start feeding worms to your backyard hens right away, you may get them from bait stores, local dealers, and, of course, from uncle jims worm farm
You might also check with your local poultry feed distributors to see if they have worms for a number of uses.
You can check them up in a directory or find them on the internet.
Worms can be harvested and used in a variety of ways, including:
If you have a worm bin at home, only take a few handfuls of the active top layer of the bedding.
Because these worms live in the top 3 inches of biodegradable material, you should be able to obtain a lot of them this way (your worm bin or compost pile).
If you don’t see any worms with these handfuls, try grabbing a few more from the bin’s center. Make sure to distribute the handfuls throughout the chicken house so that the hens can begin eating right away and the worms don’t get away or get eaten by other animals.
When collecting castings, you can harvest worms at the same time. This serves two purposes: feeding your chickens and using the castings as organic fertilizer for your plants! You can separate the two by using the dump and sort approach or by keeping a piece under light and brushing off the dirt on top on a regular basis.
You can also dry the worms and grind them to mix into their food.
Just keep in mind that drying any food source depletes nutrition and hens like ‘hunting’ their prey.
Drying them can be done in a variety of ways:
Put the red worms in front of a light bulb.
Put them in a dehumidifier or a convection oven.
Set them out in the sun.
After they’ve dried, simply grind them in whatever manner you like (e.g., food processor, mortar and pestle, a hammer, whatever).
Whether you raise your own or buy them, whether you give them fresh and writhing or dry and powdery, worms are a great way to keep your chickens healthy!
Red Worms include all of the nutrients that most livestock and pets require.