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No pulpae in shipment, just worms.  Keep looking for change, nothing.

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I made some homemade waterers using travel sized shampoo bottles and cotton twine. You put the twine through the hole and fill the bottle with water. Make sure the hole is small enough so no water leaks through...you just want the twine to absorb moisture. My mealworms and beetles love congregating on the twine for moisture. I got tired/lazy with replacing moist paper towels.


I was also thinking about rigging something with one of those things you use for washing dishes, it's a handle with a sponge on the end and you fill the handle with dish soap.. I was thinking about using one of those full of water for them...

I'd beware of sponges.....I used them and they crawled(chewed?) right into the sponge.

 

The twine 'wick' in a bottle is an interesting concept.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #8373 of 8576
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No pulpae in shipment, just worms.  Keep looking for change, nothing.

If you have the super worms they need to be separated to pupate. I use 2oz portion cups w/ holes punched in them. 1 worm per cup. I put them in a separate bin in a dark place. No food... no water. It can take weeks before you see the first pupae. A few will die. 

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I had some giant mealworms and they took over a mine to start pupating. And were still going 3 months later.
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Did you mean took over a month to start to pulpate?  Maybe I am expecting too much too early.  Maybe it takes longer with giants. I hope that is the case. Thanks for the post.

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I am not a mealworm farmer dut I looked in to it and I read that if you order gaint mealworms that they are ingected with stuff to make them digger no idea if that is true so don't hold it a a gents me. Good luck
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I once  used giant meal worms that came from Wal Mart. They did go though the life cycle, but it took a while for them to change, longer than other meal worms I got in the mail.

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Did you mean took over a month to start to pulpate?  Maybe I am expecting too much too early.  Maybe it takes longer with giants. I hope that is the case. Thanks for the post.

Yep. There are probably a lot of variables that go into the timing (temp, humidity, age, etc.), but it did take a month for the first one for me.
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I have a question as to why my mealworm pulpae are not turning into beetles.  It has been at least a month of harvesting pulpae and separating them into their own bin.  They are just turning black and dying.

What am I doing wrong?

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For me, things generally turn black and die when there's not enough moisture. When I started keeping a small Tupperware container with water in it in my pupae bin, my losses definitely went down.
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