Specific advice for mealworms?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WolfeeClucks, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. WolfeeClucks

    WolfeeClucks New Egg

    Jan 1, 2016
    I'm trying to raise mealworms for my chickens (And a little for myself, I want to try eating insects).
    And I just want to know two things: Do you have to keep the beetles separate from the pupae? And is it okay if some beetles escape into the wild? I ask the latter because two sources told me the opposite answer: one said they are common in the US, and the other said they're not native to North America. A few bugs goes a long way, and I don't want to ruin ecosystems!
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I'm afraid I've never raised meal worms so can't be of much help to you.
    ChickenCanoe has left you a great link to check out.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm sure your chickens will love them - but, I would never try to eat them [​IMG]
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Mealworms are my chickens favorite treat, good luck growing them. I'll have to agree with drumstick diva though, they don't look very appealing to me [​IMG]
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I've raised quite a large colony of worms over the last few months and I remove the beetles and place them in a fresh tub after about 3-4 weeks, or when I see signs of littles in the tubs. I've read that the beetles may eat the eggs and littles, whether that's true or not I can't tell you. I do put a cardboard in the tub for the beetles to sit under when they are not eating, or otherwise active, as I heard this helps keep them out of the bedding where the eggs and littles are.

    I'm afraid I can't answer your second question.

    Good luck with your venture and do check out the thread ChickenCanoe linked for you above. There is some good info there.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

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