ME: Oh girls! I have a surprise for you!
HENS: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! What is it, Mom?
ME: Come closer. Let's take a look.
HENS: Wait for us!
NUTMEG: Hurry up already. The suspense is killing me!
ME: Well, what do you know? It's the dried mealworms I ordered just for you!
HENS: Mealworms? What the heck are mealworms?
GEORGE: Yeah, what the heck are mealworms? Can I eat them?
ME: No, George, not for you. These are special treats for the girls. C'mon girls.
HENS: Hey mom, these mealworms are DELICIOUS! Can we have some more?
ME: Sorry, girls. These are expensive treats, so you can't have them very often.
We will have to treat them as a delicacy.
NUTMEG: Yeah, right. Just for that, I think we'll have to declare our precious eggs a delicacy for you!
I bought the mealworms at www.mealwormsbythepound.com. And, I wasn't kidding about the price. They were $25 per pound! About mealworms, the website says,
"We highly recommend mealworms for chickens. Chickens go wild for both dried and live mealworms. Dried mealworms are recommended for people who enjoy watching chickens eat out of their hands and are much more affordable than live. Chickens really seem to be able to distinguish mealworms from regular feed and will come running when they see you coming with a familiar bag of dried mealworms."
Now, I ask you...who could deny themselves and their chickens such extreme pleasure?
I know it is possible to raise my own mealworms, but the thought of my hens eating live, squiggly worms gives me the willies. Until I get brave enough or broke enough, does anyone know of a less expensive source for dried mealworms?