Meal Worm Farm

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by mc3742, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. mc3742

    mc3742 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 30, 2012
    I started a meal worm farm in an old 10 gallon aquarium about a month ago. I ordered 500 and placed them in with about 2 1/2 inches of wheat bran. I have added banana peals and other fruit compost twice so far. Can anyone tell me if I'm doing everything correct so far. Should I just wait a few months and eventually I'll have a thriving worm farm? Also please tell me how long to wait until I start feeding them to my girls.

    Thanks Nathan
  2. 4roadranch

    4roadranch Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I was just looking at youtube of raising meal worm. I think u should feed your meal worms baby carrots and lettue because fruits and potatos get spoil and wet quick which meal worms don't like. That all i know sorry.
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010
    There is a very - very extensive thread on meal worm farming under the Raising Backyard Chickens/Feeding and Watering forum. Some of those people have had their meal worm farms for years.

    From what I can recall when I was reading it regularly - 4roadsranch is correct about the veggies over the fruit peels. The fruit is too much moisture and attracts undesirable insects- namely fruit flies.

    Some put the empty toilet paper roll in there so they can see their beetles and see if they have eggs or new larvae. If you want a self-sustaining farm you will want to wait until the beetles start laying eggs before starting to feed out the beetles and larvae.

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