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Mealworms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SussexChicks, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. SussexChicks

    SussexChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I am looking to buy some mealworms to give to my growing chicks as treats and would like to know where can I buy mealworms locally in the Houston area?
     
  2. AngieO

    AngieO Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought mine on ebay.
     
  3. SussexChicks

    SussexChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Were they live when they shipped them to you?
     
  4. AngieO

    AngieO Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes. I only had maybe less than 10 that died on the way. I even had pupae when they arrived. I ordered 2200+.
     
  5. smallhen

    smallhen Out Of The Brooder

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    I cant comment on the live mealworms, but I did find dried mealworms at Lowes. They were next to the bird seed, bird houses, etc and were only about $9.00 for a large bag. I can tell you our chicks go nuts for them even though they are dried. Check this out as an option. Lots easier to keep dried mealworms than bothering with live ones.
     
  6. wayne hulgan

    wayne hulgan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try the Walley World. they have them in the sporting goods section. our local WM has them in a cooler next to the fishing and hunting section. meal worms, wax worms and red wigglers. just got some yesterday and boy to the girls love them. Happy Chicky Day.
     
  7. SussexChicks

    SussexChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Are the Mealworms in WM live or dried?
     
  8. crazy4chickens5

    crazy4chickens5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both live and dried are good, but in my opinion the live are better. They are both equal, but for some reason I prefer live. You can grow them in mulch outside if you order them online, and then have A TON. That's fun and my favorite! :)
     
  9. ShakeragSusan

    ShakeragSusan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been growing the ones I bought from WM, but I am intrigued about growing them outside.

    crazy4chickens5, do you have any tips on outdoor mealworm growing?
     
  10. crazy4chickens5

    crazy4chickens5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, there's a lot to talk about! :) First of all, make sure to order mealworms that are not treated with hormone. These mealworms don't grow up to be beetles, which is obviously the only way more babies can be made! First, I usually get a plastic container and raise the mealworms on oatmeal. When about half of them are beetles, I release them outside. Usually I put them in a pile of used chicken shavings covering some type of decaying log. Then I put some more decaying logs around it. The mealworms then slowly make their own habitat and begin to thrive! The young mealworms also when they're outside love oats and wheat, so I usually start them out by setting them on top with oats to eat. Now any extra grain typed foods can go right in the pile (bread, uneaten oatmeal, etc)! In no time You'll have thousands of mealworms to harvest from!
    -Kyle
     

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