Worms: squishy, slimy, wonderfully industrious creatures that are so often over-looked. As mentioned previously, I raise worms - and I do this for their castings. Now I've decided that they will become a part of the chicken's diet. Yummy!
So how do you "keep" worms? It's easy! And mine, until this afternoon, have been kept in the kitchen where scraps from potato peelings, carrots, fruit, avocado skins, tea bags, etc. can easily go into their 'pen' as food - and soon to be poop.
Here is a picture of a handful of worms from this afternoon. Obviously I don't mind getting my hands dirty.
Here I am moving my worms from their indoor home to their outdoor home. I put a lot of newspaper through the paper shredder then wetted it all down. Squeezed out as much water as I could, then pulled it all apart to make it as fluffy as I could, and dropped that into a pit I dug out inside of the chicken run. From there I scooped up handfuls of poop, uneaten food and worms. The worms and a lot of the uneaten food went into the pit. The castings (poop) I kept separate so I could use them on my garden... lovely stuff for the plants. Then I added more of the shredded, damp newspaper on top. Now the chickens can scratch and find worms till their hearts are content. I can continue to toss in scraps and both worms and chicks can eat from the same bed.
On a side note - I want to wish my kids a Happy Memorial Day and let them know that I love them very much. My 2 sons and my daughter-in-law are all in the U.S. Navy. God keep them safe and let them know of my love.