Some mealworms carry mareks and other serious disease. the uk has ban them. are these mealworms tested thoroughly? my flock got sick after purchase.

asked on February 13, 2018

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The poultry I have love the mealworms. The chickens pick them out first and eat the other things
afterwards. The ducks have to wedge themselves in order to get some. My birds seem to thrive on
them and derive most of the protein from it. Once in awhile I sprinkle in the black fly larvae. The
mealworms are a treat and should only be given a little bit. One cupful sprinkled over salad and
does it for 7 chickens and 2 ducks. So far they seem to be healthier even in our harsh N. Idaho
Weather.

denisdad
· February 14, 2018
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Mareks disease is spread by chicken dander.. it is very contagious. Vaccinating chicks is the only prevention. Mareks NOT spread by mealworms...
Deb :-)
· June 8, 2020
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I’ve been never heard of mealworms carrying Marek’s. It’s more likely your birds already had it, as tumors from Marek’s would take a while to grow before the birds began to show symptoms.
winterhorses
· November 30, 2019
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I know this is old but for informational purposes to others who read this... Mealworms and darking beetles only transmit Marek's if they're living with the chickens. And a chicken would have to have transmitted it to the insect in the first place. Hope that helps!
Aimee
· December 9, 2019
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I have been feeding my chickens and bluebirds these mealworms for months with no problems. I’ve been using mealworms by various vendors for years with no issues in North Carolina, USA.
MAS
· February 14, 2018
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Don't know. Never heard of them carrying disease. Assuming our government's strict regulations would not allow feed products to carry disease, and they would be out of business if they did. My chickens are alive and well and enjoying them.
Amazon Customer
· February 14, 2018
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Wow. Didn’t know that. I have never had a problem though.
linda bradley
· February 15, 2018
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