Where can I find WheatBran to raise mealworms or can I just use something else that's cheaper?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Songster

    Mar 24, 2013
    I've tried two feed stores and two grocery stores and none sell wheat bran.

    Where can this be found? I live in the west side of Michigan in the lower peninsula.

    We only have Meijer and Walmart for grocery stores.

    If there is something else that I could feed them that's easy to find and cheap that would be great!

    Also, where did you get your first batch of mealworms? I wonder if I can just get some locally from a bait store or something like that?

    Thank you for your help.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  2. ferguson63901

    ferguson63901 In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2013
    I had to use oatmeal, as the feed stores near us only carry rice bran. I ordered wheat bran from Vitacost.com last week. It was around $5 for 3 bags. They also have it on Amazon.
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    If you have a Tractor and Supply store, or similar store near you, they can usually order it in 50# bags. For small quantities, health food stores usually carry it and you can find it on Amazon or other places on line. I have also just used chick feed or rolled oats as the person above said.
    Most pet stores sell meal worms.
  4. sanmar4chickens

    sanmar4chickens Chirping

    May 2, 2013
    I used some of my chicks starter food worked for me. My starter has oatmeal in it. I didn't have to spend more money than I had to.
  5. BJ37

    BJ37 In the Brooder

    Dec 25, 2012
    My start was yesterday, bought 1,000 meal-worms at Pet-Co. $14.00. They sure are looking good this morning, a lot of activity and a carrot I put in with them is covered.

    I bought 40 pounds of ground wheat (they don't call it wheat bran) at a local feed store. It is very fine and looks like flour. ($20.00) There are a lot of horse people around here, and apparently they use it with their horses.

    In reading other posts, it appears a lot of people use many other foods with oats being one of them. Do some searches on Google and you can find a lot of ideas.
  6. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    I bought mine at our grocery store. Brookshires. But you could order it online
  7. jailbirdjulie

    jailbirdjulie In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2013
    Bountiful Utah
    I just bought some mealworms and I bought oat bran for them because they didn't have wheat bran at my grocery store. I also bought water gel for them. I gave my hens mealworms for the first time yesterday and they went nuts so I think it would be so much cheaper to raise them instead of paying for them. My chicks loved them too!

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