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We used to have mealworms at a nature camp where I worked, to show kids the cycle of metamorphosis. Care was pretty easy. We kept a batch alive all summer, taking some out every week to give to all the kids in little cups to take home (yes, their parents loved us...not). We chopped up potatoes to give them moisture. Really simple.
They are a wonderful source of protein and particularly useful during molt. I had been feeding my chickens mealworms but was frustrated with the lack of companies that are dedicated to responsibility raising them. So many of them are dried and from China. It prompted us to start a company selling our own home grown worms primarily to chicken owners. Attached is a link to our website as well as a link to the nutrition tab.
There's no real answer...I guess it depends on what you are using them for. I raise my mealies as snacks for my chickens and goldfish. I'm okay with my mealworms eatting chick starter. Mine do every once in awhile, (usually just when we have new chicks and I have starter nearby). I'm a firm believer in moderation. Give them a little bit of everything, they'll be fine.
Other people only want organic mealworms...to each their own. If you are selling them, you should just let the buyers know their diet.
Off topic: Just learned today my mealworms love the thick part of banana leaves! I cut a piece from my tree and they hollowed it out the same day. Don't be scared to give them food from around your yard too...lots of edible weeds out there for free...