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Making babies….

No not me!

The resident chef.

Okay so if you are a bit Squeemish you won’t want to read this.

Chicken love worms, mealworms in particular.

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If there’s any worms going they are pleased.

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But worms are expensive. Very expensive.

You can also get live mealworms.

Hmm
Can you guess what’s coming?

Yep.

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We have some new livestock. This little pack cost 1.49 euros. The average 200g pack of dried waxworks is about 3.99 euros.

So it didn’t take long for us to decide.

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Here’s the mealworms breeding box. There’s chicken feed in it and a cut apple to provide moisture. The apples are the wrinklies from the allotment apple tree.

Layers of paper protect the worms and they need somewhere warm. The process is slow.

But now we’ve got pupae.

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Which wriggle and squirm when you pick them up.

And today

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We have our first beetle.

The larvae and beetles need separating out. But hopefully soon we’ll have some eggs. Then more mealworms will come.

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9 comments on “Making babies….

  1. Dan
    February 9, 2015

    How exciting!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jgeerlings
    February 9, 2015

    Way better than boring vegetarian fed chickens.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      February 9, 2015

      Chickens can’t be vegetarian. Not unless they’re kept in a glass case. They eat bugs.

      Like

  3. BerLinda
    February 9, 2015

    EWWWW!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Grower
    February 10, 2015

    This is actually really great. I’ll bet it’s interesting to watch their life cycle. Now I’m thinking about raising some of the beetle larvae I find in the compost or garden to adulthood. I’m always caging lepidoptera pupae to see what emerges. Why not? Hmmm….Sorry! Got off on a tangent there. Your chickens will love your home grown wigglies.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. LifesBelle
    March 22, 2015

    Fantastic – have been playing with the idea of ‘farming’ food for my chookies and now I know how. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      March 22, 2015

      It’s a very calm process and does take a while but I prefer that to being overrun with insects.

      Liked by 1 person

      • LifesBelle
        March 22, 2015

        Agreed!

        Like

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