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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. Please note that purchases are currently restricted to a maximum of 500g per order.

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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 mealworm food. When you are ready to feed them to your birds, take them out of the fridge/cold area and allow them to reach room temperature.
FAQ Title 3

Are live mealworms good for birds?

FAQ Content 3 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. 

FAQ Title 4

Should I buy live mealworms or dried mealworms (and what is the difference?)

FAQ Content 4 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 5

Which birds eat dried mealworms in the UK?

FAQ Content 5 Many birds are attracted to live mealworms, particularly soft-billed bird species. This includes Robins, Blackbirds, House sparrows, and tits. Birds that eat live mealworms include:

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 7

Where to buy live mealworms

FAQ Content 7 You can buy live mealworms from Vine House Farm, easily and online. As part of our delivery service, live mealworms are sent directly from the supplier to ensure longevity. They are delivered by Royal Mail and can take up to four working days to arrive. If you are ordering live food for delivery to Northern Ireland, orders can only be taken via telephone. Please call 01775 630208 to place your order.

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, no mealworm orders are dispatched on a Friday. 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.

  • Linda Wilkinson

    100%

    The bird's go crazy for the live mealworms, blackbirds robins starlings all the different sparrow's, hooded crows magpies and more they all are bringing there young ,I can't keep up with them, they are funny, the mealworms are good and fresh, good price and packed nicely in bag's I can tip out easy, when feeding waxworms I try and feed out of my hand blackbird and robins are good for that ,everything I have from vinehouse farm is quality,

    23/06/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived promptly in good condition. Used them to feed the fledglings

    22/06/2022
  • Sheila Ashton

    100%

    Birds just can't get enough live mealworms. They adore them. I give them as a treat because they are more expensive than other bird foods.

    21/06/2022
  • Lesley France

    100%

    I think the packaging worked well. Arrived in good condition through the post and easy to open and close when serving a very grateful bird population. The word obviously got about because a Jay turned up only during the period of live mealworm feeding!

    13/06/2022
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The blackbirds loved them. However, I found the plastic packaging rather off putting. Could we have something a little more environmentally friendly, please.

    03/06/2022
  • Susan Ann mead

    100%

    Good condition and good value for money.

    25/05/2022
  • Mr stephen Busby

    100%

    Have to ration them, otherwise magpies & starlings would feast on ALL of them. Thankfully, got a caged feeder from VHF which keeps some back for smaller birds!

    23/05/2022
  • Julia Legg

    100%

    Arrived safely through the Royal Mail. Sparrows already enjoying them!

    18/05/2022
  • Brian Marchant

    100%

    I have to confess, at first, I felt a little squeamish about giving the birds live food, but when I put some of the mealworms on a suspended tray, the house sparrows flew in immediately, clearly eager to give their young a more nourishing foodstuff. There is a paucity of insects, so I felt justified in providing a protein-rich food of this kind!

    17/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Well packaged with plenty of cardboard for the mealworms.

    17/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All delivered promptly and well packaged. Birds really appreciated them!

    17/05/2022
  • Fenella Lewin

    100%

    They are very popular with the robins & blackbirds and keep well in the fridge. The (new?) packaging also means they can be put through the letterbox (although try not to tread on the package as you come in through the door, as I did!)

    16/05/2022
  • Linda Wilkinson

    100%

    Bought some live mealworms has I can't keep up with all the bird's thought it would go a bit further aswell as the waxworms I keep getting, gosh the bird's go crazy, it's funny to watch the starlings with there young now there brilliant at catching I can play catch with them, trouble is all the other bird's struggle getting any, I try hiding them split into different feeling places, so the robin let's me know when it's waiting and a certain blackbird does, I seem to be out there hour's trying to make sure all gets a bit of something, I could go on for ever, The mealworms are fresh and come well secure, quality and good value.

    14/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The mealworms arrived in excellent condition and promptly. I have kept them in the fridge and they are still in a good state

    04/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Right mealworms, wrong birds? The mealworms arrived very promptly by Royal Mail delivery. The looked really plump and healthy. Their squirming mass isn't for the squeamish but they became more comatose in a sealed container in the fridge, they became more active when put outside. The only problem was that they were put out in a shallow dish on top of a wall close to bird feeders on a tree but no interest was shown in them despite the regular presence of sparrows and tits and occasional visits from blackbirds. After a day a magpie took some and was the only taker for days until all were gone. Don't understand it but it might be worth buying a small quantity initially to see what the take up will be. No fault with the product as far as I can tell, looked very good.

    04/05/2022
  • David Livingston

    100%

    They arrived promply in secure packaging with no problems, Thankyou.

    28/04/2022
  • Mr brian E townsend

    100%

    Very pleased, as always, with the service and quick response from Vine Farm, when purchasing any of their bird feed.

    27/04/2022
  • David Baker

    100%

    Outstanding service is always from Vale House Farm which I have used for bulk bird food for several years and the birds love it. I order live mealworms this time of year for nesting Robins and Blackbirds who go mad for them to feed their hatch young. However, please do not do what did this year. Order mealworms and took delivery. Put them in a container and leave the lid off. I got distracted by a phone call and forgot them. Only the next day did I remember them and found they had all but four cleared off! Now expecting Mealworm Beatle infestation in the greenhouse :-)

    25/04/2022
  • Michael Dyke

    100%

    As always a fast reliable service, excellent products and friendly staff

    25/04/2022
  • Celia Harding

    100%

    21/02/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Great product, excellent condition!

    07/02/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent product, received promptly. Worms were healthy, clean and well-packed.

    01/02/2022
  • Jenny Clink

    100%

    I have a very happy robin!

    31/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I kep them in the 'fridge. When I put them out they wiggled into life and the birds loved them. Would definaely buy again.

    31/01/2022
  • Christopher Spring

    100%

    The mealworms arrived swiftly and were in excellent condition. They are loved by both my chickens and the wild birds.

    25/12/2021
  • Mr roger Finch

    100%

    Our meal worms arrived by post all ready for feeding to our robins and blackbirds. I repack them from their travelling bag and feed them with bran. Our birds receive several feeds each day enthusiastically. Thanks Vinehouse!

    27/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The small birds didn't get a look in even though I put them in the Robin feeder..I'll have to lower the feeder even more and hope the little ones find them ..The Starlings devoured them.

    28/08/2021
  • Mr oisin Clancy

    100%

    Was in two minds about buying these but was convinced by the recommendation of the proprietor; to summarise they are a great purchase. The worms are easy to care for, the birds love them and having used them for two years, the number of sparrow fledglings has notably increased in my garden. Give them a go!

    12/08/2021
  • Linda Tagg

    80%

    I bought 6 x 40g tubs which I find conveniently presented and come in bran feed. These will last me about 2 weeks. I store the tubs in the fridge, so they are less active and they keep fine. The small birds really love them and they have been a much needed food source for their chicks this year because the cold April and wet May and June meant few insects when the birds needed them. I have sometimes bought the 250g size which arrive packed between cardboard egg trays, so you need to be sorted into smaller containers and to add food.

    27/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Bought a few bags over the summer and the worms are always healthy and plump. Blackbirds and Robins are feasting on these. I sprinkle them on the edges of the lawn first thing in the morning and early evening.

    24/07/2021
  • Elaine Gray

    100%

    Now they have been packaged differently it's very easy to remain 'hands off' when laying the mealworms down. Absolutely loved by all the birds - wonderful to watch their enjoyment,

    14/07/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Live meal worms were excellent - it was good to receive them in small containers - much easier to handle. Robin quickly found them (and was pleased as far as we could tell - it was disappointed when they had all gone!)

    01/07/2021
  • Daphne bowhill

    80%

    Birds love them ,it’s great seeing mum getting six in her beak and feeding her young.

    24/06/2021
  • Mathew Humby

    100%

    Brilliant delivery and very good quality.. birds love it!!

    23/06/2021
  • Sue Peck

    80%

    Good quality product which the birds love. Delivery took a little longer than expected but I think that was down to staff shortages at Royal Mail more than despatch by Vine House Farm. I strongly recommend Vine House Farm for bird and wildlife food

    21/06/2021
  • Paul millard

    80%

    Packaging material not the best ; rolled newspaper .

    19/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    My birds cannot get enough of these!

    17/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Live meal worms are enjoyed by so many birds it is lovely to watch them

    16/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent service and, judging by the speed my garden birds ate them, of the highest quality!

    16/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Good healthy worms, well packed and promptly delivered - as always, good value.

    12/06/2021
  • Christopher Spring

    100%

    The mealworm always arrive in good condition and are appreciated both by the chickens and the wild birds.

    08/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I shall have to ask the birds to confirm quality, flavour etc but the remaining meal worms are still alive in the fridge.

    07/06/2021
  • David Britton

    100%

    These arrived quickly and were very wriggly and apparently most delicious. I didn’t try them myself but the robins and blackbirds voted with their beaks. The only problem was keeping the starlings away from them as they could empty a batch in ten minutes. One blackbird managed nine in his beak at one sitting. Most impressive and a reflection of the desirability of these mealworms.

    03/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Timely delivery, happy birds!

    02/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them! How the news spreads I will never know but many more birds than is usual flocked to feed on them.

    28/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    This ordered was processed and delivered to a high standard but most importantly the birds really love them. They stored well in the frig too.

    08/05/2021
  • Jan Mellowship

    100%

    We have starlings nesting underneath the eaves of our bungalow - young starlings have never been fed so well! The parents appreciate the mealworms as well, it's like just popping to the corner shop for them! They were packed well and arrived quickly.

    07/05/2021
  • L Cain

    100%

    The birds - especially love them - but always leave some for the little ones

    07/05/2021
  • Mrs jill Nash

    100%

    The hedgesparrows, tits and robins love live mealworms

    06/05/2021
  • Ian Samuel

    100%

    Arrived quickly and in very good condition. Very pleased and so are the birds.

    04/05/2021

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, no mealworm orders are dispatched on a Friday. 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.

  • Linda Wilkinson

    100%

    The bird's go crazy for the live mealworms, blackbirds robins starlings all the different sparrow's, hooded crows magpies and more they all are bringing there young ,I can't keep up with them, they are funny, the mealworms are good and fresh, good price and packed nicely in bag's I can tip out easy, when feeding waxworms I try and feed out of my hand blackbird and robins are good for that ,everything I have from vinehouse farm is quality,

    23/06/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived promptly in good condition. Used them to feed the fledglings

    22/06/2022
  • Sheila Ashton

    100%

    Birds just can't get enough live mealworms. They adore them. I give them as a treat because they are more expensive than other bird foods.

    21/06/2022
  • Lesley France

    100%

    I think the packaging worked well. Arrived in good condition through the post and easy to open and close when serving a very grateful bird population. The word obviously got about because a Jay turned up only during the period of live mealworm feeding!

    13/06/2022
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The blackbirds loved them. However, I found the plastic packaging rather off putting. Could we have something a little more environmentally friendly, please.

    03/06/2022
  • Susan Ann mead

    100%

    Good condition and good value for money.

    25/05/2022
  • Mr stephen Busby

    100%

    Have to ration them, otherwise magpies & starlings would feast on ALL of them. Thankfully, got a caged feeder from VHF which keeps some back for smaller birds!

    23/05/2022
  • Julia Legg

    100%

    Arrived safely through the Royal Mail. Sparrows already enjoying them!

    18/05/2022
  • Brian Marchant

    100%

    I have to confess, at first, I felt a little squeamish about giving the birds live food, but when I put some of the mealworms on a suspended tray, the house sparrows flew in immediately, clearly eager to give their young a more nourishing foodstuff. There is a paucity of insects, so I felt justified in providing a protein-rich food of this kind!

    17/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Well packaged with plenty of cardboard for the mealworms.

    17/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All delivered promptly and well packaged. Birds really appreciated them!

    17/05/2022
  • Fenella Lewin

    100%

    They are very popular with the robins & blackbirds and keep well in the fridge. The (new?) packaging also means they can be put through the letterbox (although try not to tread on the package as you come in through the door, as I did!)

    16/05/2022
  • Linda Wilkinson

    100%

    Bought some live mealworms has I can't keep up with all the bird's thought it would go a bit further aswell as the waxworms I keep getting, gosh the bird's go crazy, it's funny to watch the starlings with there young now there brilliant at catching I can play catch with them, trouble is all the other bird's struggle getting any, I try hiding them split into different feeling places, so the robin let's me know when it's waiting and a certain blackbird does, I seem to be out there hour's trying to make sure all gets a bit of something, I could go on for ever, The mealworms are fresh and come well secure, quality and good value.

    14/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The mealworms arrived in excellent condition and promptly. I have kept them in the fridge and they are still in a good state

    04/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Right mealworms, wrong birds? The mealworms arrived very promptly by Royal Mail delivery. The looked really plump and healthy. Their squirming mass isn't for the squeamish but they became more comatose in a sealed container in the fridge, they became more active when put outside. The only problem was that they were put out in a shallow dish on top of a wall close to bird feeders on a tree but no interest was shown in them despite the regular presence of sparrows and tits and occasional visits from blackbirds. After a day a magpie took some and was the only taker for days until all were gone. Don't understand it but it might be worth buying a small quantity initially to see what the take up will be. No fault with the product as far as I can tell, looked very good.

    04/05/2022
  • David Livingston

    100%

    They arrived promply in secure packaging with no problems, Thankyou.

    28/04/2022
  • Mr brian E townsend

    100%

    Very pleased, as always, with the service and quick response from Vine Farm, when purchasing any of their bird feed.

    27/04/2022
  • David Baker

    100%

    Outstanding service is always from Vale House Farm which I have used for bulk bird food for several years and the birds love it. I order live mealworms this time of year for nesting Robins and Blackbirds who go mad for them to feed their hatch young. However, please do not do what did this year. Order mealworms and took delivery. Put them in a container and leave the lid off. I got distracted by a phone call and forgot them. Only the next day did I remember them and found they had all but four cleared off! Now expecting Mealworm Beatle infestation in the greenhouse :-)

    25/04/2022
  • Michael Dyke

    100%

    As always a fast reliable service, excellent products and friendly staff

    25/04/2022
  • Celia Harding

    100%

    21/02/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Great product, excellent condition!

    07/02/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent product, received promptly. Worms were healthy, clean and well-packed.

    01/02/2022
  • Jenny Clink

    100%

    I have a very happy robin!

    31/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I kep them in the 'fridge. When I put them out they wiggled into life and the birds loved them. Would definaely buy again.

    31/01/2022
  • Christopher Spring

    100%

    The mealworms arrived swiftly and were in excellent condition. They are loved by both my chickens and the wild birds.

    25/12/2021
  • Mr roger Finch

    100%

    Our meal worms arrived by post all ready for feeding to our robins and blackbirds. I repack them from their travelling bag and feed them with bran. Our birds receive several feeds each day enthusiastically. Thanks Vinehouse!

    27/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The small birds didn't get a look in even though I put them in the Robin feeder..I'll have to lower the feeder even more and hope the little ones find them ..The Starlings devoured them.

    28/08/2021
  • Mr oisin Clancy

    100%

    Was in two minds about buying these but was convinced by the recommendation of the proprietor; to summarise they are a great purchase. The worms are easy to care for, the birds love them and having used them for two years, the number of sparrow fledglings has notably increased in my garden. Give them a go!

    12/08/2021
  • Linda Tagg

    80%

    I bought 6 x 40g tubs which I find conveniently presented and come in bran feed. These will last me about 2 weeks. I store the tubs in the fridge, so they are less active and they keep fine. The small birds really love them and they have been a much needed food source for their chicks this year because the cold April and wet May and June meant few insects when the birds needed them. I have sometimes bought the 250g size which arrive packed between cardboard egg trays, so you need to be sorted into smaller containers and to add food.

    27/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Bought a few bags over the summer and the worms are always healthy and plump. Blackbirds and Robins are feasting on these. I sprinkle them on the edges of the lawn first thing in the morning and early evening.

    24/07/2021
  • Elaine Gray

    100%

    Now they have been packaged differently it's very easy to remain 'hands off' when laying the mealworms down. Absolutely loved by all the birds - wonderful to watch their enjoyment,

    14/07/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Live meal worms were excellent - it was good to receive them in small containers - much easier to handle. Robin quickly found them (and was pleased as far as we could tell - it was disappointed when they had all gone!)

    01/07/2021
  • Daphne bowhill

    80%

    Birds love them ,it’s great seeing mum getting six in her beak and feeding her young.

    24/06/2021
  • Mathew Humby

    100%

    Brilliant delivery and very good quality.. birds love it!!

    23/06/2021
  • Sue Peck

    80%

    Good quality product which the birds love. Delivery took a little longer than expected but I think that was down to staff shortages at Royal Mail more than despatch by Vine House Farm. I strongly recommend Vine House Farm for bird and wildlife food

    21/06/2021
  • Paul millard

    80%

    Packaging material not the best ; rolled newspaper .

    19/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    My birds cannot get enough of these!

    17/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Live meal worms are enjoyed by so many birds it is lovely to watch them

    16/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent service and, judging by the speed my garden birds ate them, of the highest quality!

    16/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Good healthy worms, well packed and promptly delivered - as always, good value.

    12/06/2021
  • Christopher Spring

    100%

    The mealworm always arrive in good condition and are appreciated both by the chickens and the wild birds.

    08/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I shall have to ask the birds to confirm quality, flavour etc but the remaining meal worms are still alive in the fridge.

    07/06/2021
  • David Britton

    100%

    These arrived quickly and were very wriggly and apparently most delicious. I didn’t try them myself but the robins and blackbirds voted with their beaks. The only problem was keeping the starlings away from them as they could empty a batch in ten minutes. One blackbird managed nine in his beak at one sitting. Most impressive and a reflection of the desirability of these mealworms.

    03/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Timely delivery, happy birds!

    02/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them! How the news spreads I will never know but many more birds than is usual flocked to feed on them.

    28/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    This ordered was processed and delivered to a high standard but most importantly the birds really love them. They stored well in the frig too.

    08/05/2021
  • Jan Mellowship

    100%

    We have starlings nesting underneath the eaves of our bungalow - young starlings have never been fed so well! The parents appreciate the mealworms as well, it's like just popping to the corner shop for them! They were packed well and arrived quickly.

    07/05/2021
  • L Cain

    100%

    The birds - especially love them - but always leave some for the little ones

    07/05/2021
  • Mrs jill Nash

    100%

    The hedgesparrows, tits and robins love live mealworms

    06/05/2021
  • Ian Samuel

    100%

    Arrived quickly and in very good condition. Very pleased and so are the birds.

    04/05/2021

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 mealworm food. When you are ready to feed them to your birds, take them out of the fridge/cold area and allow them to reach room temperature.

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. 

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. 

Which birds eat dried mealworms in the UK?

Many birds are attracted to live mealworms, particularly soft-billed bird species. This includes Robins, Blackbirds, House sparrows, and tits. Birds that eat live mealworms include:

Blackbird

Blackcap

Blue tit

Dunnock

Great tit

House sparrow

Nuthatch

Robin

Starling

Song thrush

Wren

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.

Where to buy live mealworms

You can buy live mealworms from Vine House Farm, easily and online. As part of our delivery service, live mealworms are sent directly from the supplier to ensure longevity. They are delivered by Royal Mail and can take up to four working days to arrive. If you are ordering live food for delivery to Northern Ireland, orders can only be taken via telephone. Please call 01775 630208 to place your order.
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