Day 2 - Raising mealworms - I have questions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Songster

    Mar 24, 2013
    Yesterday I went to Petco and purchased 500 large mealworms (they don't look very large to me, but what do I know?).

    They are in a 10 gallon aquarium with a screened top. I put about a 1-1/2" layer of rolled oats in the bottom, then the worms, then about 1/2" more oats on the top. I also put in 4 baby carrots.

    Last night we noticed that some were going right after the carrots. By this morning all 4 carrots (in different locations in the aquarium) had sunk into the oats. I'm guessing from all the worms eating them.

    On the very top of the oats were hundreds of shed skins. Is this normal? Will they eat the skins or do I need to remove them all?

    How long is the various stages of their lives?
    How long before they go through the cycle and I will have more worms?
    Do Beetles lay eggs their entire lives?
    Is it ok to feed the chickens the live or dead beetles?
    How long before this first batch will go to the pupa stage?
    Is it better to keep them in a lighted room or darker room?

    We fed the chickens about 6 worms last night and the ate them up fast!! We can't wait to have a couple thousand worms so that we can feed them by the handful to the chickens.

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2013
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
  3. chrissyr

    chrissyr Songster

    Jan 25, 2013
    I bought some off the Internet. Probably about 3-4 weeks ago. I now have about 15 beetles, 40 pupa and started with 8000 worms (got 2 shipments) . Got large sized worms (NOT super worms) and mixed size the next time.I Got them all for about $40 including shipping. I didn't think I'd have beetles this fast, still have plenty of worms too
  4. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    This is everything you need/want to know and more about raising mealworms. I started about 1 1/2 months ago and have tons of beetles now. I use wheat bran from the grocery store and carrots. I leave them all together in one container. Mine are thriving and my chicks love them. Good luck:)

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