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Does anyone raise meal worms for their chickens? I have been raising them for about 6 months now and have noticed the pupa on my next batch of worms are significantly smaller. Has anyone else experienced this? I am wondering if this leads to smaller mealworms and if I should be selective on which pupa/beetles I allow to go the breeding bin...I figure if you have some with bad genes in there and they're laying 500 eggs a piece, you could have a lot of issues down the road...my husband looked at me like I was crazy when I said that, but makes sense to me...any advice? Not a whole lot of readings on the scientifics on mealworm raising out there.
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Picking the largest larva for breeding will help keep this problem from happening. So will buying some new larva two times a year to help
The gene pool.

There are several threads on this site with lots of information on raising meal worms.
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I'm having the same problem. My first ones where fine and the pupa turned out fine. My second order has turned into pupa and they are so small I can't hardly find them in the substrate. I've been putting them in with my others trying to get a large number started. Maybe I should quit this and feed the rest of them to my chickens.:he 

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