Anyone growing their own mealworms - how are you doing it....?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thepetpaw, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone growing their own mealworms - how are you doing it....?

    I have been giving the week old chicks meal worms and they are going crazy for them. the older chickens devour them in about 2 seconds! I cant afford these lovely candies for my babies anymore so I need to figure out how to grow them. I have read on websites about how to start but would like someone who is actually doinng it to let me wask a few questions....please anyone out there?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  3. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks - I will try that way....how long did it take to get your first "homemade" meal worms after you started this "do it yourself"?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Not as quick as I would like. I was sent a generous portion of beetles and mealworm larva but the PO lost the box for 11 days!! So only some beetles were alive when I started my big tote. I checked today and I do have tiny little meal worms growing.
     
  5. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MissPrissy - how long has it been since you put the meal worms in the totte - I cannot believe the post office lost the box for 11 days...that is sad!
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    About a month.
     
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    thepetpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow that is pretty quick to have little ones already - good for you and I know your chickens will be happy! thanks for the answer - I appreciate it!
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am raising them for my quail [​IMG]
     

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