Mealworms - Treat or Pest?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LakeMomNY, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know a lot of people raise mealworms as a treat/food source for their chickens.

    I also know that poultry farmers consider mealworms to be pests.

    Why, if mealworms are coop damaging, feed eating, disease harboring pests, are we actively introducing them to our coops?
     
  2. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because large scale poultry farms have little to do with small flocks of a handful of birds.


    Mealworms are problem with large scale operations because they escape, molt, pupate, and turn into beetles, which get into your grain silos, and reproduce, and then you have bugs eating your grain.

    If you don't have a grain silo, there's probably nothing to worry about.
     
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    The mealworms that people raise as treats for their chickens, the Common or Yellow Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), is a very different species from the Lesser Mealworms (Alphitobius diaperinus) that are sometimes a pest in poultry operations. They are very different species in terms of their behavior and appearance and it is impossible to confuse the two. There is virtually no chance of common mealworms escaping and becoming pests in your chicken coop. Try raising them for a while and that will become apparent. [​IMG]
     
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  4. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gallo, Tenebrio Molitor has actually been an agricultural pest for a couple thousand years - it IS a pest in largescale agriculture. But yeah, not a problem in a coop. It's the beetle that gets out and leads to problems - not the larva.

    Here's what Wikipedia says about Tenebrio Molitor:

    Quote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mealworm
     
  5. Gallo del Cielo

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