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Choosing to buy live mealworms as an addition to your bird food selection will help more wild birds successfully breed in your garden. These are one of our most popular types of bird food, and our highest-selling livefood. Our live mealworms are sent directly from the supplier to ensure longevity, are delivered by Royal Mail and take up to four working days to arrive. All sales support the Wildlife Trust.

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Live mealworms are the small larvae of the mealworm beetle (tenebrio molitor), usually measuring between 2cm and 3cm. They are at the second stage of this beetle's life cycle, having passed the egg and pupa stages already.

They provide nutrients and hydration for birds and are ideal for feeding in gardens; they are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, and have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings. 

The rewards of feeding live mealworms far outweigh any misgivings you may have about their wiggle. The benefits of feeding live mealworms to birds - in particular during the nesting and fledging season - can help them survive.

 

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FAQ Title 1 How do you feed live mealworms to birds?
FAQ Content 1 When coming to feed live mealworms to garden birds, there are a number of different types of live mealworm feeders that will help birds visiting your garden to access them. When feeding, bear in mind that mealworms do not cope with being submerged in water, so you should make sure any bowl or dish is covered properly from rain. The cover on our Robin feeder would work well for this. You can buy live mealworms for a number of different species of bird, so when thinking about feeding methods, consider using different types of bird feeder. Certain types of feeder can accommodate different sizes of bird to access the food in them. Caged feeders prevent larger birds from getting into them for instance. It's important to place live mealworms in feeders that let different sized birds get to the larvae, as larger birds will also feed them to their young during the nesting and fledgling seasons.
FAQ Title 2 How to keep live mealworms
FAQ Content 2 Many people who consider feeding mealworms and other livefoods to birds often wonder how to store live mealworms for birds. Live mealworms can be stored in a cool, dark place and kept at a consistent temperature of 8-10 degrees Celsius. Many people choose to store them in a sealed, plastic tub. It is important that you keep live mealworms in these conditions because this prevents the larvae's hormones from forming, meaning they won't develop into a mealworm beetle. Before storing your mealworms, you should make sure they are properly fed with Blackbird

Blackcap

Blue tit

Dunnock

Great tit

House sparrow

Nuthatch

Robin

Starling

Song thrush

Wren

FAQ Title 6 How long do mealworms live?
FAQ Content 6 Stored mealworms, which become 'dormant' if kept in the proper conditions, will last up to two weeks. Live mealworms will naturally stay in their larvae form for around four to six weeks before developing into a beetle. Once placed in an appropriate feeder in your garden, it's likely the mealworms will be eaten within minutes. For this reason we recommend putting out relatively small quantities at a time, but doing so at intervals throughout the day.
FAQ Title 8 Should I buy live mealworms or dried mealworms (and what is the difference?)
FAQ Content 8 Some people choose to feed dried mealworms to birds over live ones because they prefer them. For some people, the wiggle of live mealworms is off-putting. Dried mealworms do have their benefits. This includes being able to store them for longer periods. However, they do not contain the moisture that live mealworms do. The water content of livefoods like mealworms (and also waxworms) is important, especially if you are feeding birds during the breeding season. However, dried mealworms can be substituted for live ones. If buying dried mealworms, you must soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before putting them in your garden. This adds the water content and makes them more beneficial to the birds that feed on them. We suggest including a combination of foods, including livefoods, in your garden. This will help you attract lots of birds. For best results, include live or dried mealworms alongside a range of other bird food types, like suet pellets or balls, peanuts, seed mixes, straight seeds or sunflower hearts.
FAQ Title 9 Are live mealworms good for birds?
FAQ Content 9 Live mealworms are good for birds for several reasons. Firstly, they are a highly nutritious form of bird food. They provide crude protein and fat which are essential food groups for all species. The protein content of live mealworms is especially beneficial to birds during moulting season; when birds shed their feathers to grow new ones. Birds going through this process need more protein than usual to help with the regrowth process. They also contain a lot of moisture, which means they help to keep birds hydrated. This is important during the breeding season in particular, as birds need to provide moisture to their young. Including livefoods such as mealworms in your bird food selection may help the diversity of wild bird species that visit your garden. It encourages species of ground feeding bird, like Song thrushes, Blackbirds and Robins to visit your garden, especially during dryer months. During these months, where there is lower rainfall, earthworms will not rise to the top of the ground, which means birds won't be able to access them. During these months, feeding live mealworms to birds makes up for this, and offers birds a wider range of food sources.

Orders for Live Mealworms are sent directly from the supplier via Royal Mail and therefore exempt from our next day delivery service. They are dispatched the same day if orders are received by 2pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm on Fridays. Please allow four working days for orders to arrive.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Susan Hames

    100%

    Very prompt delivery. Worms of good quality. My garden birds are lining up every morning when they see me coming with their fresh mealworm supply.

    05/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Robin and I hve always had a close realationship. He would always come and comment on my diging technique and despite my best efforts to hide any exposed earthworms would usualy manage to steal a few. Since the arrival of mealworms, he has become even more attentive. Because of the consistent naging I have decide that he is a she.

    03/04/2021
  • Stewart Tennent

    100%

    I left them in the containers and placed under bushes for the smaller ground birds to find .

    31/03/2021
  • Katherine Toller

    100%

    Don't be put off by the name! They are not slimy and they don't bite! They are vegetarian bettle larvae. Surprisingly easy to handle. I've just ordered a second batch. I use a ground cage so that the robins get a chance. The birds absolutely love them. I'm hoping to see fledglings coming for them in a few weeks time.

    29/03/2021
  • Mr david Felkins

    100%

    We’ve had our worms from vine house farm for years now and they’re always good quality.

    27/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    After waiting & finally having to pick them up from our sorting office, the mealworm didn't seem too worse for wear. I googled how to store them & have been able to use them for my Robin for over two weeks. Happy.

    22/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Fast delivery, well packaged and healthy wriggly mealworms.Our local starlings love them but are messy eaters so I'm picking them off the ground and back in the feeder !

    24/02/2021
  • Victor Ong

    100%

    Guess this is what the birds would write! They polished off any quantity I put out, so 5 stars from them. Rationed them by putting it out on cold nights so that the earliest risers will get most of the worms.

    11/02/2021
  • R G short

    80%

    03/09/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Always arrive quickly and in good condition.

    01/09/2020
  • David Hughes

    100%

    Whenever we put Live Mealworms out we have variety of birds flocking down to collect them for their nestlings and fledgelings. They seem to go in no time.

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The service was very good and delivery was next day as expected.

    31/08/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    The meal worms arrive by post within a couple of days in excellent condition and various birds love them, though numbers are down because of the seasonal moult. I repack them when they arrive and give them food. It really is worth doing!

    31/08/2020
  • Katrina Mcmanus

    100%

    As always, mealworms arrived within a day or so of ordering. They were well packaged and lively. This was my second order of live mealworms, as I was very happy with the service. Thank you.

    31/08/2020
  • John Andrew jordan

    100%

    My wild birds love them

    31/08/2020
  • Michael Lister

    100%

    I have always received exactly what I have ordered and received it promptly. What more can you ask?

    31/08/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Our regular supply of meal worms arrived in the post in great shape. I decant them from their bag into small boxes containing food and they easily last at least a week before the new order.

    06/08/2020
  • Paula Jeffery

    100%

    Usual good service from Vine House Farm. Quality packaging and prompt delivery.

    02/08/2020
  • Darryl Campling

    100%

    Brilliant fun to watch Starlings a Robins go for these!

    31/07/2020
  • Jane Phillpott

    80%

    Speedy delivery. Ordered 3 lots (of 6x 40g) over summer and the first two were great. The last lot were much smaller Mealworms and mostly dead so disappointing.

    31/07/2020
  • Liz Harding

    100%

    Excellent product - generous helping of live mealworms arrived clean and well packed. Also - amazingly quick service, with delivery in under 24 hours. Will buy again.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service has resumed. Placed an order on Friday morning and live mealworms of good quality were delivered by Royal Mail at 9am the following day.

    30/07/2020
  • Denise Taylor

    100%

    Vine House are superb at delivering these quickly and the worms are good quality. Our birds love them so much that one of our blackbirds has taken to helping himself from the container in our garage! Have had so much fun watching the adult birds feeding the worms to their youngsters, better than anything on t.v. Great value too.

    30/07/2020
  • Lisa Patterson

    100%

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Sparrows loved them. They kept well in the fridge for two days (small quantity).

    30/07/2020
  • Lesley Roberts

    80%

    I ordered live ones by mistake!!!! The birds had a field-day..... I managed to find an appropriate container and top that allowed air to pass through and put it in the fridge. I scattered them in several lots. Only want dry ones in future!!!!

    30/07/2020
  • Paul Murfitt

    100%

    another very good transaction with vine house farm.

    30/07/2020
  • Claire Bygate

    100%

    Excellent - arrived within a couple of days and were in good condition ,

    30/07/2020
  • O D clancy

    100%

    Thought I would try this; not nearly as difficult to look after the worms as I thought might be the case and certainly the smaller birds such as sparrows prefer live mealworms over the dried one. Worth experimenting but don't forget to buy some bran as he worms will need feeding to before they get fed to the birds

    30/07/2020
  • Sarah Garrett

    100%

    These are such good quality mealworms. I had to order some from an Ebay site when Vine House were out of stock for a while. So disappointed!! I won't be buying my mealworms from anywhere else. !st Class.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Prompt delivery

    30/07/2020
  • Cathryn Monk

    100%

    My blackbird was waiting outside the back door - enough said!

    30/07/2020
  • Julie Good

    100%

    The mealworms arrived with a day or so and were in perfect condition. They lasted over 3 weeks and the blackbirds and Babies thoroughly enjoyed them.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived swiftly in good condition.

    30/07/2020
  • David Hughes

    100%

    The live mealworms are always very popular with our garden birds, both feeding to chicks and fledglings or eating themselves. Blackbirds, Robins, Sparrows and Starlings all eagerly feed them to their young. We have one particular Blackbird who seems to keep an almost permanent look out, as soon as we put some out he is down to get some, well before we can go back indoors.

    30/07/2020
  • Clare Handley

    100%

    Easy to order and delivered next day when we order before 12. Great service.

    30/07/2020
  • Mandy Johnson

    100%

    WE TAMED A ROBIN DURING LOCKDOWN WITH THESE MEAL WORMS. HE FED FROM OUR HANDS AND ATE THEM.

    30/07/2020
  • Rk White

    100%

    good

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Received next day, well packaged and worms kept well

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The meal worms are in very good condition but the only down side is the paper they are in. It is much easier to decant them when they are packed in paper mache egg trays, as before, rather than screwed up newspaper. Otherwise the service and the condition of the mealworms is excellent!

    30/07/2020
  • Maureen Embleton

    100%

    I have been buying live meal worms from Vine House for several years and my birds love them, I usually get them in the Spring for the baby birds but the magpies have now discovered them in my garden. I am very satisfied with them

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Five star service as usual. Will keep buying. Good quality.

    30/07/2020
  • Cynthia cronin

    100%

    Excellent product. My blackbird parents were delighted with them and even hopped inside my patio doors to alert me when their supply bowl needed refilling!

    30/07/2020
  • Ian Kassell

    100%

    Excellent quality mealworms I would recommend this Company. The local birds can't get enough of them!

    30/07/2020
  • Polly Rushton

    100%

    I'm sure they were delicious but the birds ate them all before I got a chance to sample them

    28/07/2020
  • Jeanette Farleigh

    80%

    Very fresh and active little wrigglers.

    18/07/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Arrived in very good condition as usual, fast delivery, within 24 hours!

    11/07/2020
  • David Felkins

    100%

    The birds just can’t get enough of these worms. Protein rich and juicy the blackbirds and robin have been constantly visiting the garden. You WILL need a way of rationing them as they will disappear especially if you are visited by Starlings.

    01/07/2020
  • Jo Bentley

    100%

    Quick delivery of Mini Mealworms and standard sized. Much appreciated by garden birds especially House Sparrows raising 4 young, now fledged looking very healthy.

    01/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The service was excellent as usual.

    01/07/2020

Live mealworms are the small larvae of the mealworm beetle (tenebrio molitor), usually measuring between 2cm and 3cm. They are at the second stage of this beetle's life cycle, having passed the egg and pupa stages already.

They provide nutrients and hydration for birds and are ideal for feeding in gardens; they are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, and have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings. 

The rewards of feeding live mealworms far outweigh any misgivings you may have about their wiggle. The benefits of feeding live mealworms to birds - in particular during the nesting and fledging season - can help them survive.

 

Orders for Live Mealworms are sent directly from the supplier via Royal Mail and therefore exempt from our next day delivery service. They are dispatched the same day if orders are received by 2pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm on Fridays. Please allow four working days for orders to arrive.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Susan Hames

    100%

    Very prompt delivery. Worms of good quality. My garden birds are lining up every morning when they see me coming with their fresh mealworm supply.

    05/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Robin and I hve always had a close realationship. He would always come and comment on my diging technique and despite my best efforts to hide any exposed earthworms would usualy manage to steal a few. Since the arrival of mealworms, he has become even more attentive. Because of the consistent naging I have decide that he is a she.

    03/04/2021
  • Stewart Tennent

    100%

    I left them in the containers and placed under bushes for the smaller ground birds to find .

    31/03/2021
  • Katherine Toller

    100%

    Don't be put off by the name! They are not slimy and they don't bite! They are vegetarian bettle larvae. Surprisingly easy to handle. I've just ordered a second batch. I use a ground cage so that the robins get a chance. The birds absolutely love them. I'm hoping to see fledglings coming for them in a few weeks time.

    29/03/2021
  • Mr david Felkins

    100%

    We’ve had our worms from vine house farm for years now and they’re always good quality.

    27/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    After waiting & finally having to pick them up from our sorting office, the mealworm didn't seem too worse for wear. I googled how to store them & have been able to use them for my Robin for over two weeks. Happy.

    22/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Fast delivery, well packaged and healthy wriggly mealworms.Our local starlings love them but are messy eaters so I'm picking them off the ground and back in the feeder !

    24/02/2021
  • Victor Ong

    100%

    Guess this is what the birds would write! They polished off any quantity I put out, so 5 stars from them. Rationed them by putting it out on cold nights so that the earliest risers will get most of the worms.

    11/02/2021
  • R G short

    80%

    03/09/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Always arrive quickly and in good condition.

    01/09/2020
  • David Hughes

    100%

    Whenever we put Live Mealworms out we have variety of birds flocking down to collect them for their nestlings and fledgelings. They seem to go in no time.

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The service was very good and delivery was next day as expected.

    31/08/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    The meal worms arrive by post within a couple of days in excellent condition and various birds love them, though numbers are down because of the seasonal moult. I repack them when they arrive and give them food. It really is worth doing!

    31/08/2020
  • Katrina Mcmanus

    100%

    As always, mealworms arrived within a day or so of ordering. They were well packaged and lively. This was my second order of live mealworms, as I was very happy with the service. Thank you.

    31/08/2020
  • John Andrew jordan

    100%

    My wild birds love them

    31/08/2020
  • Michael Lister

    100%

    I have always received exactly what I have ordered and received it promptly. What more can you ask?

    31/08/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Our regular supply of meal worms arrived in the post in great shape. I decant them from their bag into small boxes containing food and they easily last at least a week before the new order.

    06/08/2020
  • Paula Jeffery

    100%

    Usual good service from Vine House Farm. Quality packaging and prompt delivery.

    02/08/2020
  • Darryl Campling

    100%

    Brilliant fun to watch Starlings a Robins go for these!

    31/07/2020
  • Jane Phillpott

    80%

    Speedy delivery. Ordered 3 lots (of 6x 40g) over summer and the first two were great. The last lot were much smaller Mealworms and mostly dead so disappointing.

    31/07/2020
  • Liz Harding

    100%

    Excellent product - generous helping of live mealworms arrived clean and well packed. Also - amazingly quick service, with delivery in under 24 hours. Will buy again.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service has resumed. Placed an order on Friday morning and live mealworms of good quality were delivered by Royal Mail at 9am the following day.

    30/07/2020
  • Denise Taylor

    100%

    Vine House are superb at delivering these quickly and the worms are good quality. Our birds love them so much that one of our blackbirds has taken to helping himself from the container in our garage! Have had so much fun watching the adult birds feeding the worms to their youngsters, better than anything on t.v. Great value too.

    30/07/2020
  • Lisa Patterson

    100%

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Sparrows loved them. They kept well in the fridge for two days (small quantity).

    30/07/2020
  • Lesley Roberts

    80%

    I ordered live ones by mistake!!!! The birds had a field-day..... I managed to find an appropriate container and top that allowed air to pass through and put it in the fridge. I scattered them in several lots. Only want dry ones in future!!!!

    30/07/2020
  • Paul Murfitt

    100%

    another very good transaction with vine house farm.

    30/07/2020
  • Claire Bygate

    100%

    Excellent - arrived within a couple of days and were in good condition ,

    30/07/2020
  • O D clancy

    100%

    Thought I would try this; not nearly as difficult to look after the worms as I thought might be the case and certainly the smaller birds such as sparrows prefer live mealworms over the dried one. Worth experimenting but don't forget to buy some bran as he worms will need feeding to before they get fed to the birds

    30/07/2020
  • Sarah Garrett

    100%

    These are such good quality mealworms. I had to order some from an Ebay site when Vine House were out of stock for a while. So disappointed!! I won't be buying my mealworms from anywhere else. !st Class.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Prompt delivery

    30/07/2020
  • Cathryn Monk

    100%

    My blackbird was waiting outside the back door - enough said!

    30/07/2020
  • Julie Good

    100%

    The mealworms arrived with a day or so and were in perfect condition. They lasted over 3 weeks and the blackbirds and Babies thoroughly enjoyed them.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived swiftly in good condition.

    30/07/2020
  • David Hughes

    100%

    The live mealworms are always very popular with our garden birds, both feeding to chicks and fledglings or eating themselves. Blackbirds, Robins, Sparrows and Starlings all eagerly feed them to their young. We have one particular Blackbird who seems to keep an almost permanent look out, as soon as we put some out he is down to get some, well before we can go back indoors.

    30/07/2020
  • Clare Handley

    100%

    Easy to order and delivered next day when we order before 12. Great service.

    30/07/2020
  • Mandy Johnson

    100%

    WE TAMED A ROBIN DURING LOCKDOWN WITH THESE MEAL WORMS. HE FED FROM OUR HANDS AND ATE THEM.

    30/07/2020
  • Rk White

    100%

    good

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Received next day, well packaged and worms kept well

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The meal worms are in very good condition but the only down side is the paper they are in. It is much easier to decant them when they are packed in paper mache egg trays, as before, rather than screwed up newspaper. Otherwise the service and the condition of the mealworms is excellent!

    30/07/2020
  • Maureen Embleton

    100%

    I have been buying live meal worms from Vine House for several years and my birds love them, I usually get them in the Spring for the baby birds but the magpies have now discovered them in my garden. I am very satisfied with them

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Five star service as usual. Will keep buying. Good quality.

    30/07/2020
  • Cynthia cronin

    100%

    Excellent product. My blackbird parents were delighted with them and even hopped inside my patio doors to alert me when their supply bowl needed refilling!

    30/07/2020
  • Ian Kassell

    100%

    Excellent quality mealworms I would recommend this Company. The local birds can't get enough of them!

    30/07/2020
  • Polly Rushton

    100%

    I'm sure they were delicious but the birds ate them all before I got a chance to sample them

    28/07/2020
  • Jeanette Farleigh

    80%

    Very fresh and active little wrigglers.

    18/07/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Arrived in very good condition as usual, fast delivery, within 24 hours!

    11/07/2020
  • David Felkins

    100%

    The birds just can’t get enough of these worms. Protein rich and juicy the blackbirds and robin have been constantly visiting the garden. You WILL need a way of rationing them as they will disappear especially if you are visited by Starlings.

    01/07/2020
  • Jo Bentley

    100%

    Quick delivery of Mini Mealworms and standard sized. Much appreciated by garden birds especially House Sparrows raising 4 young, now fledged looking very healthy.

    01/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The service was excellent as usual.

    01/07/2020

FAQS

How do you feed live mealworms to birds?
When coming to feed live mealworms to garden birds, there are a number of different types of live mealworm feeders that will help birds visiting your garden to access them. When feeding, bear in mind that mealworms do not cope with being submerged in water, so you should make sure any bowl or dish is covered properly from rain. The cover on our Robin feeder would work well for this. You can buy live mealworms for a number of different species of bird, so when thinking about feeding methods, consider using different types of bird feeder. Certain types of feeder can accommodate different sizes of bird to access the food in them. Caged feeders prevent larger birds from getting into them for instance. It's important to place live mealworms in feeders that let different sized birds get to the larvae, as larger birds will also feed them to their young during the nesting and fledgling seasons.
How to keep live mealworms
Many people who consider feeding mealworms and other livefoods to birds often wonder how to store live mealworms for birds. Live mealworms can be stored in a cool, dark place and kept at a consistent temperature of 8-10 degrees Celsius. Many people choose to store them in a sealed, plastic tub. It is important that you keep live mealworms in these conditions because this prevents the larvae's hormones from forming, meaning they won't develop into a mealworm beetle. Before storing your mealworms, you should make sure they are properly fed with What birds eat live mealworms?
How long do mealworms live?
Stored mealworms, which become 'dormant' if kept in the proper conditions, will last up to two weeks. Live mealworms will naturally stay in their larvae form for around four to six weeks before developing into a beetle. Once placed in an appropriate feeder in your garden, it's likely the mealworms will be eaten within minutes. For this reason we recommend putting out relatively small quantities at a time, but doing so at intervals throughout the day.
Should I buy live mealworms or dried mealworms (and what is the difference?)
Some people choose to feed dried mealworms to birds over live ones because they prefer them. For some people, the wiggle of live mealworms is off-putting. Dried mealworms do have their benefits. This includes being able to store them for longer periods. However, they do not contain the moisture that live mealworms do. The water content of livefoods like mealworms (and also waxworms) is important, especially if you are feeding birds during the breeding season. However, dried mealworms can be substituted for live ones. If buying dried mealworms, you must soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before putting them in your garden. This adds the water content and makes them more beneficial to the birds that feed on them. We suggest including a combination of foods, including livefoods, in your garden. This will help you attract lots of birds. For best results, include live or dried mealworms alongside a range of other bird food types, like suet pellets or balls, peanuts, seed mixes, straight seeds or sunflower hearts.
Are live mealworms good for birds?
Live mealworms are good for birds for several reasons. Firstly, they are a highly nutritious form of bird food. They provide crude protein and fat which are essential food groups for all species. The protein content of live mealworms is especially beneficial to birds during moulting season; when birds shed their feathers to grow new ones. Birds going through this process need more protein than usual to help with the regrowth process. They also contain a lot of moisture, which means they help to keep birds hydrated. This is important during the breeding season in particular, as birds need to provide moisture to their young. Including livefoods such as mealworms in your bird food selection may help the diversity of wild bird species that visit your garden. It encourages species of ground feeding bird, like Song thrushes, Blackbirds and Robins to visit your garden, especially during dryer months. During these months, where there is lower rainfall, earthworms will not rise to the top of the ground, which means birds won't be able to access them. During these months, feeding live mealworms to birds makes up for this, and offers birds a wider range of food sources.
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