Meal Worms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DmCrawlz, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. DmCrawlz

    DmCrawlz Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone raise meal worms for their chickens? I have been raising them for about 6 months now and have noticed the pupa on my next batch of worms are significantly smaller. Has anyone else experienced this? I am wondering if this leads to smaller mealworms and if I should be selective on which pupa/beetles I allow to go the breeding bin...I figure if you have some with bad genes in there and they're laying 500 eggs a piece, you could have a lot of issues down the road...my husband looked at me like I was crazy when I said that, but makes sense to me...any advice? Not a whole lot of readings on the scientifics on mealworm raising out there.
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Picking the largest larva for breeding will help keep this problem from happening. So will buying some new larva two times a year to help
    The gene pool.

    There are several threads on this site with lots of information on raising meal worms.
     
  3. Ringtailtwister

    Ringtailtwister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having the same problem. My first ones where fine and the pupa turned out fine. My second order has turned into pupa and they are so small I can't hardly find them in the substrate. I've been putting them in with my others trying to get a large number started. Maybe I should quit this and feed the rest of them to my chickens.[​IMG]
     

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