Mealworms?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Must Be Losing It, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

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    Since there is a shortage of mealworms in the US (why, I don't know), will chickens eat freeze dried mealworms?

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  2. S0rcy

    S0rcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where did you hear there is a shortage of mealworms?
     
  3. Must Be Losing It

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    Its on Timberline's website. They are the provider to the pet stores.
     
  4. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there was a post about how to raise meal worms yourself.
    i'll have to look that backu up too, as my chickens love them!
     
  5. S0rcy

    S0rcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you do not have any other stores around you that would carry it then you could offer it to them and see if they would take it. My chickens won't eat bugs unless they twitch. You could also order at a different site or you can grow your own mealworms if you are not squeamish about it. A shortage of mealworms at a particular store would just mean they did not plan their breeding effectively from the beetles or something drastic happened to their stock. They are not the only provider to pet stores. Most of our stores except Petco grow their own mealworms.
     
  6. S0rcy

    S0rcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get several of the beetles and put them in a small covered box with bran or cream of wheat at the bottom, a few slices of potato and an egg carton tipped upside down. I put in a moistened paper towel every day and let them alone. They will do their thing quite nicely
     
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  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, there's no shortage at my house,lol.
    Maybe try to order some? I get mine from here http://www.wormman.com/ they also give instructions on raising them,it's really easy . I'm also raising some crickets,too for the first time. [​IMG]
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  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mine go crazy for the freezedried ones-they are cheaper than live ones.
     
  9. Must Be Losing It

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    Wormman.com is also not taking orders because of a nationwide shortage!

    Are mealworms made of petroleum?! When did they become a rare commodity?
     
  10. lovethechickens

    lovethechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt know about a shortage of mealworms. I just bought 200 of them a few days ago. What about crickets?
     

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