It seems as though alot of my customers are buying worms to use as chicken feed. I think this is a wonderful idea. I just began raising some turkeys and chickens this year. I have some ideas and hopefully a few pictures I’ll be sharing as far as how to make this easy, cost-effective (free), and low maintenance.  Linda, if you’re out there, try and keep me motivated! Thanks.


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  1. Hey Jim,

    In the chicken yard I’m going to set up a few worm bins! I plan on just making a box out of some old barnwood 1×8’s and some 2×4 scraps. The boxes are going to be about 16″ deep. I’ll place horse manure in them and some sawdust and let them compost for a while. Then I will add a shovelful of worms to each bin and add a 6” layer of straw or bark mulch to each bin. Then I will cover the bin with a sheet of plywood w/ some holes drilled into it. This is mostly to keep the chickens out!

    The chickens can be allowed to dig and scratch for worms for 5 or 10 minutes while you’re watering or feeding. Rotating the bins that are allowed to the chickens will help. The chickens won’t eat all the cocoons so even if they decimate a bin it will come back in time. Having a backup bin or two wouldn’t hurt either.


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