Got my meal worms. Do I refrigerate them???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mustangsaguaro, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I ordered my mealworms for The Wormman. I only got 1000. They came in a mesh bag w/ a wadded up newspaper in them. Do I put them in the fridge for storing? Do I need to get them in something different than what they were shipped in?

    Thanks
    Kim
     
  2. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    Do you want to breed the mealworms or not? If you don't want them to morph and breed, then you should put them in the warmest part of your fridge for storing (the warmest is usually in the door). You should probably feed them before storing them in the fridge for nutritional value (called gut loading). I would replace the newspaper with bran, but I have known people to store them in shredded newspaper or pine shavings.
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Not sure about that - mine are in a plastic bug catching thingie I "borrowed" from my son.

    I don't think the fridge will kill them but I'm not 100% sure.... they do go dormant under 60 or so I believe.

    Put some chicken crumbles or something in a plastic container (clean) and then pop em in... cut a potato in half and put it cut side down ontop of the crumbles...

    GOOD LUCK!
     
  4. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think eventually I'd like to breed them so I am not having to pay for them all the time. I just don't have everything right now. I know there is lots of info here on how to breed them. So will do a search on that.

    Instead of using a potatoe will a carrot or apple work too?

    Kim
     
  5. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    Carrots and apples work fine. The veggies and fruits are mainly for providing moisture, so you will need to give them bran, or as another suggested, some chicken feed. As long as the temperature of your fridge isn't too cold, you should be able to store them safely in there for up to a year. They'll grow and breed normally whenever you decide to take them out of the fridge.
     

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