A couple of years ago I started a meal worm farm for our chickens….I know I know I usually get all sorts of reactions from people on this one. However you have to realize the gals are a big priority around our Lil’ Suburban Homestead so while this may not be everyone’s cup of tea its a huge money saver if you like to give your girls a real good source of protein.
I had stopped keeping a meal work farm until recently and decided to start it back up again especially now since I have an additional flock to care for.
Initial Investment is about:
- an old dish pan or cat litter pan or you can purchase a Rubbermaid pan with a lid but you will need to drill holes in the top for ventilation.
- 500 meal worms for $12.99,
- a couple of scoops of oatmeal,
- some shredded paper (which I have plenty of),
- a spray bottle of water, and
- some table scraps of which I have plenty and you are set. (I use mainly carrots or potato chunks)
So its this simple….you take an empty bin, you place the worms inside as shown above, you then spread around some oatmeal about 3 cups, next you place a couple of carrot chunks or potato chunks in the corners they will use this as a water source too. Lastly you place the shredded paper on top and then spray it down to slightly dampen the paper on top. When you go out and check on your worms and you see little black beetles running around you know you are in business!
You have an environment that the worms will thrive in and your chickens won’t be lacking for protein and they will love this tasty treat!
I would recommend keeping this meal worm farm in your garage or shed not the house as they are dusty. I do not keep a lid on ours and I have never had an issue with them trying to leave however if I had these inside the house then yes a lid must go on! You do have to be careful of fruit flies though so I mainly give the worms chunks of carrots which the fruit flies are not as interested in overall.
If you haven’t ever tried this I think you will be surprised how quickly these meal worms multiply.
Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!
- How To Keep Your Own Indoor Worm Farm (howtolearn.com)
- Let’s Build a Worm Farm! (ashevillesoul.com)
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