about meal worms
I started a drawer some time ago ........I don't think I am doing it right though because I only have the beetles.........I never get the worms.
Are the beetles eating the worms.........or
has this morphed into a different type of bug?
I have been doing this for long enough
I used wheat and oatmeal
I put in a piece of bread now and again
I use carrots or other small veggies for them to eat and get liquid
there has been no observable mold or bacteria........
I am thinking of just bringing the beetles into the coop for cold weather day fun-------
Sounds like you are doing it right, it took ours a few months to take off. Try crumpling up some plain newspaper (not the shiny ad flyer type paper) and putting two or three balls of it in on top of your oatmeal, drape a wet paper towel over top of the balled up paper and leave it somewhere relatively warm for a week and then see if any bugs or meal worms have crawled up into the newspaper. If you have live beetles then at some point you must be getting some cycle of worm to beetle. The worms are about microscopic for quite a while. You can take a tablespoon or two of your oat meal and put it in a low, wide dish and spread it out, watch closely and see if you see any tiny worms wriggling around.
The other option is to get a dozen or two fresh meal worms from the bait store and try again. I don't know what type you started with, but don't buy from the same source. If someone near you has an active worm farm going you may be able to get a cup full of 'starter' of known good breeders also.