Mealworm Shortage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Buff Hooligans, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    What's the latest on the worldwide shortage of mealworms? It's been weeks since my local supplier has been able to get them.
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I have to admit, I didn't know there was one!! [​IMG]
  3. smpezzi

    smpezzi Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    from what my supplier has told me it may be a while- something about the wheat they use to raise them, the farmers had tried a new type that is more disease resistant etc and the mealworms can't be bred or raised in it or on it or however that is done [​IMG]
  4. i just did a search rather than posting and found this thread. Yes, there seems to be a nationwide shortage on mealworms, especially the giants. i have looked online everywhere. Today i finally ended up ordering some crickets and superworms from Flukers. Although i'm personally terrified of those superworms. :eek:

    i did find a couple of folks on ebay selling the medium mealworms. So may get a thousand of those.

    Most of the sites are stating we should have giants again in August. Although now may be a good time to look into raising them myself. How hard could it be?
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Boy, that must suck for reptile raisers who have animals who almost eat meal worms exclusively or are so danged picky they'd rather go hungry than to eat a cricket or some other supplement.
  6. Update: i just now found and ordered 3,000 medium mealworms (3/4 inch) from for $30.94, and that includes shipping.

    Maybe the shortage is just on the giants? Although some sites are out of all sizes of mealworms. i did order freeze-dried mealworms for my girls a couple weeks ago (by mistake, i thought i was ordering live). They were not thrilled, but did eat them unenthusiastically.
  7. chiknlady

    chiknlady Songster

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA
    I have tried over the last month to get mealworms and I was told by both large chain petstores and locals--it is a nationwide shortage. I have substituted freeze dried crickets and megaworms--but my poor frogs will only eat live --so crickets it has been. Hhmmm--maybe I need to look into meal worm hatching eggs.....[​IMG]
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Sounds like G.M. food strikes again, doesn't it???
  9. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    That's so weird. I've been buying tons of meal worms lately. There's no shortage in GA apparently. I just bought some to put in a bin and grow. I can't wait to belly load them with good things like kelp and flax and possibly some herbal wormer.
  10. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    When I was working in a hardware store in Nebraska we had huge problems with them in all our bird seed and dog food. We didn't want them. It seemed like they were huge pests so I have no clue why there would be a shortage.

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