Meal worms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sdm1908, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. sdm1908

    sdm1908 Chirping

    Jun 15, 2014
    Florida, USA
    Okay guys, I want to start my own live meal worm colony. Where should I get the meal worms from and where's the cheapest place to get quality worms?
  2. ladyearth

    ladyearth Songster

    Nov 23, 2013
    I saw a bunch on Ebay.. But as cold as it is here now would prob have to have them wait to send....
    Hubby bought me a tiny cup ful at pet store I wasnt ready for them at the time. I neglect the little buggers and they died.... WORM ABUSE.....
    I should have whipped out plastic shoeboxes and meal and put them in... I had to many iron in the fire at the time.. Now wish I could find black drawers Sterlite etc... 3 drawers.. forgot to look when in Big town last week. Prob pasted Staples or Office Depot twice that day.... Duh
  3. sdm1908

    sdm1908 Chirping

    Jun 15, 2014
    Florida, USA
    I live in Florida so it's always hot. If you don't mind my asking, how much were they at the store?
  4. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    Perhaps post your query in the FL state thread in the "where am I, where are you?" section. I know there is at least one guy in Florida (I know, it's a big state) that raises mealworms and perhaps would be willing to sell you some.

    Not sure which mealworm farms live in warmer climes, most of the ones I looked at said they won't ship if the weather is cold where they are or where they're being shipped to.

    Enjoy! I love my mealworm farm. Started with 2000 (about $13 with shipping) and a year later have probably 10-15k. I feed about a 1/2 cup total per week, maybe a little less.

    If you go to a pet store, you will more likely pay about $5 for 100-200 mealworms. Some people start that way, but it will take much much longer to build up your farm before you can start feeding them, or way more expensive. I'd start with 5-10k, if I were you, and ask to get some beetles in the mix, so they will start laying eggs right away.

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