My mealworm community! (Pics)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by viktoriacl, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Songster

    Jun 23, 2010
    So I saw the post about raising mealworms by mistake and thought I'd give it a try. I bought a 100ct of mealworms from Petco (in the fridge) I brought them home and gave a few to the chickens. Then I put them back in the fridge because I didnt think there were enough to save. I forgot about them and took them back out about a week later and then I decided to try to get them to multiply. I threw in a piece of apple and then a week ago a carrot. I just threw the container in the bathroom closet and left it. Today I looked and this is what I saw! There are some HUGE worms and some dead ones. There are also several in the pupae stage. If you look closely they are the ones that are light in color and have the jagged edges. How easy is that! I cant wait to see them muliply! Does anyone know how long that food (?weat germ) lasts? So cool!
  2. Have beetles; waiting for eggs/baby worms.
  3. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Songster

    Jun 23, 2010
    It's just so easy! Why not!
  4. I am going to try this next year, after we get the chicks, and have them ready. I use to have them when I was a kid and had lizards and thought when they multiplied it was the grossest thing . . . and here I am 50 years later WANTING them to multiply. You just never know!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. sashurlow

    sashurlow Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    West Rutland, VT
    You are going to want to give them more space and feed. Go to the dollar store and get some shoe box sized plastic bins and some bran from the bulk food isle. Leave some beetles behind and put about 5-10 beetles into another bin. As the bran gets smaller and less, add some more. If you have the storage, buy a large bag of bran from a feed store. I suspect my bag will last years at this rate. Its not that difficult. Bran for food and veggies/fruit for moisture and food. Let them do their thing and harvest them periodically.
    Of yah, while my chickens prefer the worms and puppa they do eat the beetles too.
  6. I have mine in an aquarium that I found on FreeCycle.
  7. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Songster

    just began this myself about a month ago. Have maybe 10 beetles so far, looking forward to free chicken snacks [​IMG]
  8. mrsbos

    mrsbos Chirping

    Aug 11, 2010
    Greenacres, WA
    That's awesome! I didn't think you could grow/multiply your own mealworms from the ones at Petco/Petsmart. I would have sworn I read somewhere that the mealworms sold at those stores were chemically treated so that they would not go into the pupal stage and never become beetles. This was so they would have a longer shelf life as mealworms. If your worms do in fact turn into beetles I'm rushing out to buy some and try it too. I just paid over $7 for the standard size 500ct mealworms at Petco, and if my 3 pullets had their way, they'd consume the whole plastic cup in one sitting! I've never seen such a frenzy over a food--they literally go crazy! I'm sure my 3 kids would love to see the whole mealworm beetle transformation too. Please keep us updated on how things turn out! It would be great to have the extra protein source for the winter when the wild bugs are scarce.
  9. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    I got mine from petsmart. I use apples and potatoes for food. My girls are in love. I started with a 25 lb. bag of bran. and a few worms. When I get to many i give them to the girls.
  10. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I bought mine at Petsmart several weeks ago and so far no beetles...I wonder if this is because they were treated like mentioned previously or does it take that long??

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