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Mealworms as chicken feed

Mealworm life cycleRecently, I've overloaded you with masses of information about how to make grain-based chicken feeds.  This is the traditional route, but if you remember from the very beginning of this series, wild chickens would primarily be eating bugs and worms.  Is there a way to keep our flock healthier by providing them with a more natural diet?

Some chicken keepers feed their birds mealworms, which are basically the larval stage of a beetle.  The Sialis website gives lots of information about raising mealworms, but it all comes down to giving the larvae some kind of grain or grain byproduct to eat.  If you have access to a bunch of bran (for example, if you grind your own grains into chicken feed), this could be a great use of the "waste", turning it into a high protein source that your chickens will go nuts over.  However, if you're buying the mealworm food, feeding mealworms to your chickens would be very uneconomical.

The next option we present --- Japanese beetles --- looks more enticing.  While you're waiting, check out our automatic chicken waterers, great in coops or tractors.

This post is part of our Homemade Chicken Feed series.  Read all of the entries:

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