Best Place(s) to buy Live Mealworms ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BruceAZ, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I stopped by a Petsmart store yesterday to pick up some treats for my hens and a new waterer.. asked if they have any live mealworms.. 50 or 100 looks like quite a few of them are dead out of the container :/.. $5 for 100 count.. also stopped by Wincos to get some wheat bran ($0.49/lb) do you know any place to get live mealworm at a cheaper price ? thanks [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want a large amount that you can feed out gradually, I've had two good experiences with Rainbow Mealworms online. When they arrive, just dump them in a plastic storage box with a layer of old-fashioned rolled oats and provide an occasional veggie for moisture (I prefer cabbage leaves as they don't seem to mold, others use baby carrots). When you want to hand out the treats, just scoop some out!
     
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  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you !

    it's a lot cheaper than Petsmart ($5 for 100 count ?)
     
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Check eBay and Amazon for live mealworm growers. If you find someone close, that is even better, so they don't have to be in the mail for as long.
     
  5. jpalmatier83

    jpalmatier83 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure a lot of petsmarts prices comes from packaging, storage, shipping, etc... Yup, it's expensive, but I did it a couple times while my girls were still little fluff balls cause they loved em!!! Crickets were a lot of fun too.

    Careful how many you buy at once, particularly during what season. If you buy 10,000 during a hot summer you may inadvertently find yourself as a mealworm breeder [​IMG]

    Not necessarily a bad thing,
     
  6. JayJo

    JayJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just placed an order with Rainbow and they were really great to work with. They should arrive tomorrow. I ordered 10,000 because price wise it was so much better than what I've been getting at the pet store. I do indeed intend to start breeding them but it doesn't look difficult. There are some good threads here to help.
     
  7. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i only have 5 chickens so i think 1000 would be fine $7+ $6 shipping.. it's not bad.. i'll order it today

    since i'm in AZ.. i think they will multiple pretty fast in 110+ heat.

    we have 6 months of summer pretty much around here in phoenix..
     
  8. jpalmatier83

    jpalmatier83 Out Of The Brooder

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    The worms themselves won't multiply... They are larvae for a little creature called a darkling beetle.

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    They'll go into a dormant phase, similar to a cocoon, come out as a beetle, mate, lay eggs, wash rinse repeat. If you're looking for more mealworms, I believe you need to separate the beetles from the eggs, then allow the eggs to hatch and grow. Many people set up a multipul container location to allow some of the worms to grow to feeding size, others to grow out to beetles, and space for the eggs to grow and hatch.
     
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    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can they fly out of the container if i didn't have a mesh wire lid on it ?


    do i have to put veggies/fruits in with them or wheat grain is ok?
     
  10. jpalmatier83

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    No, they don't fly. They can crawl up sides, so a lid with only tiny holes is a good idea.

    I believe they just eat the oats/chicken feed and that the fruit or potato is mostly for moisture.

    There are a lot of good guides out there that can give you some solid info.
     
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