Mealworm beetle stage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Grammahen, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Grammahen

    Grammahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me how long the beetle stage of the mealworm cycle lasts. They are creeping me out. Eeww! Oh so many and they make a creepy noise too. Oh what we go through for our fuzzy butts. [​IMG]
     
  2. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd like to know too. I have meal worms and the super worms that are all beetles now.... very creepy.
     
  3. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have beetles living 3 months or more. By that time I figure they've layed about all the eggs they're going to and are nearing death anyway so I feed them to my chickens!
     
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  4. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    gross! yeah we arent into the bug farming thing so much...if they find a bug in the run they can have it but I aint going to grow bugs for them... you guys really love your birds!
     
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I bought some mealworms at the pet store in July and started a growing bin. I moved the full grown beetles to the second bin in August, leaving the first bin hopefully with plenty of eggs and developing worms. I think the hot weather might have killed off my first developing batch but now I see reallllyyy tiiinnnyyy little worms in the first bin. I can't wait to get worms big enough to feed to the girls!!!
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I've read online that the life-cycle of the darkling beetle is about a year, so from the time the eggs are layed until those eggs die as beetles. [​IMG]
     
  7. Grammahen

    Grammahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do I have to have a second bin? What happens if I leave the beetles in there?
     
  8. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Quote:It's just easier to rotate bins so that you have beetles laying eggs in one, developing eggs in one, and worms in the next. I move the beetles to a new bin about once per month. I have one of those plastic storage drawer things with 3 drawers.

    Here's a good link...
    http://geocities.com/finch1313/
     

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