Can Someone Guide Me To Start My Mealworm Farm?

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  1. jm93030

    jm93030 Songster

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    Hello everybody

    I am thinking to start raising some mealworms to feed to my quails , but have no idea how to start [​IMG]
    can you help me? [​IMG]

    please

    what do I need?

    how do I start?
    how long will it take before I can start treating my quails?
    Thank you
     
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  3. joe125

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    It's a total waste of time and money....unless you want to start a meal worm farm.
    If that's what you want...then knock yourself out [​IMG]

    It's kinda like making your own yogurt....Yeah, you can do it, but Dannon can do it much cheaper, and make it more tasty [​IMG]
     
  4. Rozzie

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    How is it a waste of money? A large sack of wheat bran -- under $10, any rubbermaid tub or aquarium that is already around the house, and your veggie scraps from making dinner + an initial investment of about 1000 mealworms for $12-13. Or, you could continue to buy 25-50 mealworms for $3-5 depending on what is available in your local pet stores. The mealworms will take only minutes of time per week.

    Initial investment is less than $25 & will pay for itself within the first 5,000 mealworms or so with virtually no time spent. It's better than ANY interest you'll earn on investing that $25.

    Then again, I beg to differ about the yogurt, too. I can make it more cheaply and tastier than Dannon, plus mine won't have sugar, gelatin, or any other additives -- just milk & a bit of starter. (If I'm going to buy yogurt, I'm not buying nasty Dannon. I'm buying whole-fat greek yogurt...) My costs for yogurt: any milk I have on hand & a scoop of my last batch. The only equipment needed: the wide mouthed stainless steel thermos that I already own...Hands on time per batch: 2 minutes.
     
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  7. gmendoza

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    We have mealworms but we didnt have heat in the house this past winter so they are setback a bit.We have them outside in a 55 gallon drum cut in half and have screen on top as well as one of our empty layer crumble bags on top for a tarp.They are doing good and are starting to pupate again.Saw some new beatles in there and a good cluster of new worms as well.

    The other half of the barrel has red woyms in it.They are thriving too,and they even made one of their potato cuttings into a nice 6" potato plant. [​IMG] wife got it and planted it in her garden. [​IMG]
     
  8. jm93030

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    Thank you guys for all your input

    I am still on the idea

    has any of you done this ?

    where did you get your starters mealworms?

    or whats a good place to buy from ?
     
  9. jm93030

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    Quote:Thank you Rozzie I was feeling down ,this coment make me feel to go for it
     
  10. gmendoza

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    Quote:Are you from Oxnard,CA? we are from Ventura!!!! Moved to SC in 2005.

    I bought my woyms from flukers farms.
     

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