Should you rehydrate mealworms before feeding to chickens?

Do your chickens go nuts over mealworms? My chickens are obsessed with them. Kind of like me and chocolate, only mealworms are a healthy snack for chickens. They are very high in protein (some estimate 50% protein content), which chickens need to stay healthy. Protein needs increase when hens are laying or molting, and mealworm snacks are a great way to help meet their nutritional needs.

Rehydrated mealworms swell in size and are paler than dried. Photo credit: Chubby Mealworms

Most chicken keepers obtain dried mealworms, and some buy them live or even grow them at home. Still others rehydrate dried mealworms, and we wondered, why? Is there any benefit to the chicken?

While rehydrating mealworms does not change their nutritional content, there are some benefits. Rehydrating plumps the mealworms to almost double their dried size, and makes them softer and more alive-looking. Rehydrated mealworms may look more attractive to chickens who have thumbed their beak at them in the past. After they catch on, you can introduce the dried version if you prefer.

Rehydrated mealworms are easier for young chicks, who need protein for growth, to eat.

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In summer, or when water is scarce, rehydrating mealworms is a good idea. Chickens need to rehydrate dried worms internally before they can digest them, so doing this for them allows them to be digested more efficiently, ensuring that more nutrients are absorbed using less of their own fluids. Ben Asquith, owner of Chubby Mealworms, says that if there is not a lot of water available, and if dried mealworms are fed in high quantities, they can actually dehydrate the bird itself. Always allow your chickens access to lots of clean water.

In winter, rehydrating mealworms provides them with a warm, hearty snack, since you use boiling water to rehydrate them.

If you’d like to try rehydrating mealworms, here are step-by-step instructions from our friends at Chubby Mealworms. Let us know if your chickens enjoyed them!

A peek into our February box

Our February box is filled with items your chickens will love! And if you’ve got chicks coming, you’ll love what we selected for you. These are just two of the EIGHT items you’ll find in your February box:

8 oz. pack of Chubby Mealworms

The Chicken Fountain’s Brooder Bottle Cap
turns a regular water bottle into a safe chick waterer

What are the other six items, you ask? Well, we can’t tell you the exact items, but the February box will include:

  • 2 items for your chicken emergency kit
  • a poultry-themed magazine
  • a coop maintenance product
  • 2 cute and useful chicken-themed gifts for you

That’s eight items that will make you and your chickens smile (if they could)!

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January Box Contents

Our January boxes shipped last week, two days ahead of schedule on Saturday, January 2. We were a little nervous, I mean, we knew a subscription box for backyard chicken keepers was a great idea, but you never really know how a new product will be received. What if people hated it? Even worse, what if their chickens hated it?

January boxes

When Monday rolled around, we had our answer. By mid-day, we were seeing lots of posts on Facebook and Instagram praising the box! Owners and chickens alike loved the box, and our inbox was full of new subscribers. We’re so thrilled with the response, especially from our customer Danielle’s girls:


So, what were these girls so excited about? Here’s what our customers found in their first box:

Jan box

We are finalizing our product selections for our February boxes, and those ship the first week of February. Our box contents are always a surprise, so we can’t tell you what’s inside, but we may throw a sneak peek out there later this month. But don’t wait to subscribe, the January box sold out and we expect the February one will too. Visit to order, and use coupon code: FEBBOX to save 10%.

Thanks to our founding subscribers who took a chance on us not knowing exactly what to expect. We hope you and your flock enjoyed each and every product!