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Mealworms have a healthy appetite and can grow rapidly in good conditions.

 

Health Benefits Of Mealworms For Chickens

As we are all aware of, chickens a healthy and balanced diet to perform well. A complete set of vitamins and minerals helps the animal to perform necessary body functions, including fighting infections and laying eggs. The chickens need carbohydrates and fats to provide them with energy, and they need proteins to supply them with essential amino acids. Mealworms are one of the easiest ways to add more proteins to your chicken's diet. It is not expensive too. Let's discuss further about the benefits of Mealworms for your chickens.

Proteins

As stated above, chickens need protein. It is because proteins help them to grow and lay eggs. For new chicks, they need 20 to 22 percent of protein diet for the best result. Pullets need around 14 to 16 percent while laying hens need 15 to 18 percent of proteins. Generally, grains should contain around 16 percent of proteins. If you compare it to mealworms, the difference in proteins is kind of big. Roughly 50 percent of mealworms are protein. As and addition, mealworms contains carbohydrate, calories and fat.

Winter

Sometimes people let their hens be free and look for food outside. This is good because they can find plenty to eat. However, for those of you, who live where the winter is very severe, this would not be possible. On winter, you need to keep your hens and chickens warm so that they can stay healthy. This means that you cannot let them go outside to look for their own food, so you have to supply them with the necessary proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other necessary things. On winter, it is much colder so the chickens need more supply of calories. Feeding them mealworms will get them extra calories they need without having to consume expensive proteins.

Easy to Breed

Mealworms are the larval form of darkling beetle. They eat and grow during the larval stage and pupate for around 12 to 18 weeks. The pupal stage of larval lasts for a week or two, and they will turn into black or dark-brown beetles afterwards. If you want to breed mealworms, then it is important to pay attention at the colonies. A mealworm colony should have both mature adults and larvae at any given time. You can harvest them any time you want as long as there are some of them that can lay eggs and turn into adults.

Highly Nutritional

There are a lot of great commercial feeds that are available for chickens. This means that owners do not need to spend a lot of time to calculate the necessary amount of nutrient percentages needed by their chickens. Mealworms are highly nutritional. It is important to remember that giving chickens too much of a nutrient will kick-off the balance, and it might be harmful to their health. This is why when you want to give your chickens mealworms, small treats up to their protein intakes is better. This means that you do not need to give them a lot of mealworms, just a small amount is great. However, you can give them a little bit more on winter because they need more calories and proteins then.

Laying Season

On laying seasons, chickens generally need more nutrients and energy. You can give them mealworms because as stated above, mealworms can supply them with a lot of proteins, as well as carbohydrates, calories and fats. Keeping your chickens fit will make the laying season even more successful than before.

Conclusion

Those are some of the benefits that mealworms have for your chickens. Mealworms are healthy and highly nutritional. However, it is important not to give an excessive amount of mealworms to your chicken. A healthy, small amount can give more benefits.


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