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Good reliable source close to CO for Mealworms to start my own colony

post #1 of 6
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I have read through a few of the other threads including the 8 thousand plus one...geesh, regarding mealworms and though I have looked up the recommended breeders for my starter colony many of them are located quite far from me here in CO.  It is that time of year where we are having wild temp swings and I want shipping to be close as possible yet I want the best starter worms possible.  Any ideas or suggestions.  Thanks, Travis

post #2 of 6

Have you tried any of your local pet stores?   Nearly every single one in this country sells them for lizard/snake/spider food for those with exotic tastes in pets. I'm not sure the hoopla and hype of supposed "better" worms really warrants the price they want.  I started my colony from 2500 worms that i bought at Petsmart and the colony is still going strong after 5 years of feeding 100+ layers off them.

post #3 of 6
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Yes I have, however when purchasing 5 to 10 THOUSAND the pet stores are quite expensive. We have a local pet store we visit for just that but being out in the boonies they are ridiculous on price.  

post #4 of 6
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I stand partially corrected.  If you are like me and live out in the sticks then mail is for sure the way to go.  But if in town and you only need a few then the local big chain stores are quite competitive...I don't know where they source their worms and that would be a concern of mine however the price breakdown is as follows.

 

Local big chain P_ _ CO in Denver.

.0214 per worm including my local tax... largest quantity is 500 lots.

 

A highly recommended source from BYC of the name Speedy worm

 

.0225 per worm if only doing 1,000 and that includes shipping to your door (actually slightly more than local pet store) however

when you get into the 10,000 lot we are talking

.007 per worm, pretty big difference with volume and major convenience if your local source is far away or priced high.

 

Food for thought (I just made a funny)! 

post #5 of 6

Almost all the places I've seen will guarantee live worms if you let them ship when they want. What kind of containment system did you set up for 10,000? I bought 1,000 and after a few months now I feel like I have 10,000! Are you planning on going up from 10,000!? I'll sell you 40 beetles, then 20 (assumed female) beetles X 500 eggs = 10,000 mealworms :D

post #6 of 6
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Yeah, start building with 10000...though about 1000 would be fed to some of our new chicks over the next short while.  I called about 6 places yesterday and will go with Rainbow, speedy or exotic, California, Minnesota and Virginia in no particular order.  

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