Originally Posted by wsmoak
Mealworm failure! I noticed "dust" all over the beetle container, and on closer inspection, the dust was MOVING!
They were infested with nearly microscopic mites (or something.) As I was headed out of town the next day, I dumped all three containers (beetles, worms, pupae) in the chicken pen.
Too bad, I was *just* getting ready to start feeding the nesting bluebirds. :(
Oh, I know the horror of it! Visit my website and meal worm page to see close up shots I took of my invasion.
I tried to save my bin but wound up dumping it to the chicks and chickens, too. Cried the whole time since I had put a lot of work into the bins. But I had others and have worked on with those and learned from my mistake (once I remembered it!). Now, 9 months later, I have a house full of bins with millions of meal worms and beetles.
Don't feel bad, you can get it going again and soon have plenty to feed out.
At this time of year I do not feed meal worms to anyone but my new chicks since my older chicks go out on the ground or get clumps of dirt and grass for their pleasure. My brooder chicks all get meal worms a few times a week so now is the time to grow my bins for next winter's feeding. We hope to double our bins by Oct. We only have 14 right now.