Chickens, Chicks, Mealworms and Spring

The snow has finally melted, the grass is turning green and mosquito season hasn’t started yet. Spring is here.

There should be lots of things out for your chickens to peck at now right? 

While there are more insects coming out of hiding, there will not be enough for your birds to truly benefit. Live mealworms are an excellent protein–rich treat for chickens, especially in the spring when they need to replenish their energy reserves after the long, cold winter. In spring, chickens are busy laying eggs, moulting and building up their strength for the upcoming summer months. The addition of mealworms can even give some hens the extra boost of protein and calcium needed to produce more eggs.

Mealworms are high in protein, essential amino acids, and fats, which are important nutrients for chickens. They also contain vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, calcium, and iron. These nutrients help to support the growth and development of healthy feathers, bones, and muscles in chickens.

Furthermore, live mealworms are an excellent natural source of food that can help to keep chickens entertained and mentally stimulated. They enjoy the challenge of catching and eating live prey, which can help to reduce boredom and prevent destructive behaviours like feather pecking.

Baby chicks can also eat mealworms, though it is best for you to wait until they reach 3 weeks old. Before that, their digestive system won’t be able to handle the high protein and fat content. 

Mealworms are a very nutrient-dense food containing about approx. 50% protein, 31% fat, 8% fibre, and calcium and phosphorus. Your chickens don’t need very many worms for them to benefit. In fact, too many can be harmful. Adult chickens should only have 10-15 per day and chicks should only have 1-2 per day. 

Our freshly shipped live mealworms can be stored in the fridge with minimal care for several months. Your birds will love you!

Happy spring!

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