Have you ever seen a Superworm? Some of the chicken farmers may haven’t met one. So let me introduce to you this tiny creatures. Tiny but protein and calcium loaded.
Superworms (Zoophobas Mario) are readily accepted by lizards, turtles, frogs, salamanders, birds, Koi and all other insect-loving animals. Super worms are VERY active making them excellent feeders for animals that love to hunt and chase their prey. Super worms contain less chitin (the stuff that makes the shells hard) than meal worms, making them easier for your animals to digest.
The Superworm’s hard chitin may make them less suitable for arachnids, some predatory insects, and baby or infant reptiles, since this may cause impaction (and possible death). When feeding your smaller or younger exotics, try to feed the white or light-coloured Superworms since they have recently shed and would have a less hard outer chitin.
The substrate the Superworms are reared and kept in has a huge impact on the nutritional value they provide. Moisture can be provided by adding cut carrot, potato/sweet potato or orange peel, and their bedding or substrate should be checked daily for mold.
We all know that a layer needed a high protein loaded diet during their egg production phase.
Once your chickens start laying eggs (around 20 weeks of age) they should be switched to a layer feed. Layer feeds are formulated for chickens laying table eggs (those used for human consumption). Broiler feeds are formulated for those chickens producing hatching eggs (breeders). The diets are basically the same, but the breeder diets typically have slightly more protein and are fortified with extra vitamins for proper embryo development.
Laying hens require large amounts of calcium for eggshells. Laying mashes typically contain 2.5% to 3.5% calcium. Growing chickens require only 1.2% calcium in their feed. If you feed high-calcium diets to growing chickens, kidney damage can result. It may also be necessary to supplement the diet of laying hens with ground oyster shell on a free-choice basis. Some high-producing laying hens may require the extra calcium that the oyster shell provides. Monitor the quality of eggshells to determine whether or not you need supplemental oyster shell. If hens produce eggs with thin shells or shells that are easily cracked, oyster shell supplementation might help.
Layer diets should contain at least 14% protein to ensure continued egg production. Layer diets that contain 16% protein are more common.
Let me give you an idea on what this tiny creatures can offer to your layer flocks.