Ok so I'm trying to figure out the whole mealworm thing, I know it's supposed to be easy but my brain is twisted in knots! I have read several threads on them but I can't seem to get my thoughts in order and there are a couple of things I don't understand. Here is what I've read and the questions related to them: -Take the dead adults and feed them to your chickens. -Don't take the dead adults, it's important for the worms to eat them. Do I feed the dead adults to the chickens or leave them for the worms to eat? -Use white pine shavings (is this regular pine shavings?) as bedding. -Use wheat bran as bedding . What is wheat bran? I can't figure out if it doubles as bedding and food or if it's just bedding. Which bedding is best to use? Does it matter? Would aspen be a good white pine substitute? -Put in an apple/carrot/potatoe cut in half buried in the bedding for moisture. Do they double as food? How can I tell if it's enough moisture? I mean if the container is big it'll need more than just one food right? Should I check often to see if they've dried out? Is there a better way to provide moisture? Like through a sponge or paper towel? -Feed them oatmeal. Should I give them a variety? Can I grow my own food for them? Do they eat anything besides oatmeal? I want to give my chickens the healthiest food possible. -Put a few layers of newspaper/brown paper sack on top of everything so the larva will go there to pupate. Is this necessary? I've also read that you can take the adults out as they become adults, but read nothing about the newspaper when I read that. Is the newspaper/paper sack layer to make it easier to get the worms for the chickens? I also have read that mealworms are high in fat and low in protein, is this true? Are the adult mealworms better for your chickens and if so, is it a good idea to grow a lot of them to adulthood? I think there are other questions but my brain is a little twisted and tired haha. Thank you in advance!