Live Mealworms

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Mealworms are our best-selling live food! Many birds are very attracted to live mealworms including Robins, Blackbirds, sparrows, and tits. Live mealworms are ideal for feeding in gardens, and are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, and have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings. If we want to see a lot of birds, we have to breed a lot of birds and studies have shown that by feeding live mealworms you will rear 60% more birds in your garden. Please note that these products are exempt from next day delivery. Live Mealworm are sent directly from the supplier to ensure longevity, delivered by Royal Mail and can take up to four working days to arrive.

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Live Mealworm are our best-selling live food! There's no doubt that more bird lovers would feed live mealworms to their garden birds if only they could get over the sight of all those wriggling little creatures. The rewards of feeding live mealworms far outweigh any misgivings you may have about their wiggle, and the benefits to birds - in particular during the nesting and fledgling season - can be spectacular and can make the difference between survival or otherwise.

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FAQ Title 1 What insects are Live Mealworms & what are the benefits?
FAQ Content 1 Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, which is a species of the Darkling beetle. If left to form into a chrysalis, the mealworm would eventually become a beetle. But that won't happen if you put mealworms out for birds, because they won't be there for long! Live mealworms are ideal for feeding to garden birds, as they are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, plus have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings
FAQ Title 2 How do I feed Live Mealworms to birds & which birds eat them?
FAQ Content 2 To feed mealworms you need a food dish, which is essential to stop the mealworms wriggling away. Some have a cover, which is preferable if the weather is wet. A further option is a Caged Live Food Feeder, with the advantage that it allows small birds like Robins in, whilst keeping out slightly larger birds such as Starlings. Many birds are very attracted to live mealworms including Robins, Blackbirds, House sparrows and Starlings
FAQ Title 3 How should I store Live Mealworms?
FAQ Content 3 The key to success is to keep the mealworms at a relatively low temperature, as the warmer they are then the quicker they’ll develop into a chrysalis. Put the mealworms into a well-ventilated sealed container – e.g. a large plastic tub – then place in a cool place such as a concrete floor in a garage. Mealworm food can be added to the tub if you intend to feed the mealworms sparingly to your birds and therefore want to prolong the supply over several weeks
FAQ Title 4 How long do Live Mealworms last in storage & can I freeze them?
FAQ Content 4 Provided they’re kept in a cool place, then usually at least two weeks. To further prolong the time the mealworms last, before they turn in the pupa (chrysalis) form, they can be kept in a refrigerator at 4°C. This will cause the mealworms’ metabolism to become dormant and therefore prevent the metamorphosis. However, a better solution is to keep them cool but active as outlined in the storage guidelines above, and if you think you have too many then just feed them to your birds! Don't store them in the freezer as this will kill them
FAQ Title 5 What do the Mealworms eat?
FAQ Content 5 Our live mealworms come with a supply of food included, though if you intend to keep the mealworms for several weeks and put them out sparingly for your birds, then it’s good to add further food which is a special bran.

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.

  • 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
  • Robin Price

    100%

    Great service and value. Much better value than the local high street and delivered to the door!

    01/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with blackbirds, great tits and robins in my garden

    01/07/2020
  • Brian Morris

    100%

    This is an excellent product enjoyed by a variety of birds.

    30/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    They arrived quickly, as well as being healthy.I purchased them with the intention of breeding them.All went well and I now have lots of healthy beetles.

    30/06/2020
  • Philip Hardwick

    100%

    29/06/2020
  • Valerie Banks

    100%

    The meal worms arrive with the Royal Mail, and are well packed and presented. They have plenty of food to keep them going and then get stored in my fridge until I get them out for the birds, who are very grateful!

    29/06/2020
  • Mrs j G kyle

    100%

    Excellent service, packaging and product. My birds loved these.

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    quick delivery time. birds love them

    29/06/2020
  • Charles Hillman

    80%

    The worms arrived quickly and stayed alive - most of them - for long enough. Birds did not complain. Your online payment modalities - both via Sage and via Paypal - have been becoming prone to cut out, however, which wastes a lot of time and, if it continues, will send customers scurrying to the websites of your competitors who manage to operate reliable and predicactable payment systems. Most of them are usefullly less expensive than you under most circumstances. If you will be charging Rolls Royce prices you should not be inflicting a Ford Anglia web experience (yes ... showing my age. OK, Audi prices: Vauxhall experience)

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Lovely to watch the birds taking them to the nest. They couldn't get enough of them

    29/06/2020
  • Sue Welch

    100%

    29/06/2020
  • John Pell

    100%

    Excellent. Live meal worms packed exceptionally well with as much care for their safety and environmental conditions.

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Have had very good product in the past. Last two shipments have been mediocre to poor. Seems to be a shortage of the little crawlers in the market???

    29/06/2020
  • Maureen Embleton

    100%

    I have been getting meal worms from you for sometime and have always been very satisfied

    29/06/2020
  • Robert weston

    100%

    The mealworms were delivered speedily and in good condition.

    29/06/2020
  • Keith Silk

    100%

    The previous delivery the mealworms were packed with egg cartons. This time just newspaper. It was alot easier to separate the worms from the egg cartons. In this hot weather the mealworms expired in the garden shed just before the last feed but the birds were still grateful.

    29/06/2020

Live Mealworm are our best-selling live food! There's no doubt that more bird lovers would feed live mealworms to their garden birds if only they could get over the sight of all those wriggling little creatures. The rewards of feeding live mealworms far outweigh any misgivings you may have about their wiggle, and the benefits to birds - in particular during the nesting and fledgling season - can be spectacular and can make the difference between survival or otherwise.

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.

  • 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
  • Robin Price

    100%

    Great service and value. Much better value than the local high street and delivered to the door!

    01/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with blackbirds, great tits and robins in my garden

    01/07/2020
  • Brian Morris

    100%

    This is an excellent product enjoyed by a variety of birds.

    30/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    They arrived quickly, as well as being healthy.I purchased them with the intention of breeding them.All went well and I now have lots of healthy beetles.

    30/06/2020
  • Philip Hardwick

    100%

    29/06/2020
  • Valerie Banks

    100%

    The meal worms arrive with the Royal Mail, and are well packed and presented. They have plenty of food to keep them going and then get stored in my fridge until I get them out for the birds, who are very grateful!

    29/06/2020
  • Mrs j G kyle

    100%

    Excellent service, packaging and product. My birds loved these.

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    quick delivery time. birds love them

    29/06/2020
  • Charles Hillman

    80%

    The worms arrived quickly and stayed alive - most of them - for long enough. Birds did not complain. Your online payment modalities - both via Sage and via Paypal - have been becoming prone to cut out, however, which wastes a lot of time and, if it continues, will send customers scurrying to the websites of your competitors who manage to operate reliable and predicactable payment systems. Most of them are usefullly less expensive than you under most circumstances. If you will be charging Rolls Royce prices you should not be inflicting a Ford Anglia web experience (yes ... showing my age. OK, Audi prices: Vauxhall experience)

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Lovely to watch the birds taking them to the nest. They couldn't get enough of them

    29/06/2020
  • Sue Welch

    100%

    29/06/2020
  • John Pell

    100%

    Excellent. Live meal worms packed exceptionally well with as much care for their safety and environmental conditions.

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Have had very good product in the past. Last two shipments have been mediocre to poor. Seems to be a shortage of the little crawlers in the market???

    29/06/2020
  • Maureen Embleton

    100%

    I have been getting meal worms from you for sometime and have always been very satisfied

    29/06/2020
  • Robert weston

    100%

    The mealworms were delivered speedily and in good condition.

    29/06/2020
  • Keith Silk

    100%

    The previous delivery the mealworms were packed with egg cartons. This time just newspaper. It was alot easier to separate the worms from the egg cartons. In this hot weather the mealworms expired in the garden shed just before the last feed but the birds were still grateful.

    29/06/2020

FAQS

What insects are Live Mealworms & what are the benefits?
Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, which is a species of the Darkling beetle. If left to form into a chrysalis, the mealworm would eventually become a beetle. But that won't happen if you put mealworms out for birds, because they won't be there for long! Live mealworms are ideal for feeding to garden birds, as they are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, plus have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings
How do I feed Live Mealworms to birds & which birds eat them?
To feed mealworms you need a food dish, which is essential to stop the mealworms wriggling away. Some have a cover, which is preferable if the weather is wet. A further option is a Caged Live Food Feeder, with the advantage that it allows small birds like Robins in, whilst keeping out slightly larger birds such as Starlings. Many birds are very attracted to live mealworms including Robins, Blackbirds, House sparrows and Starlings
How should I store Live Mealworms?
The key to success is to keep the mealworms at a relatively low temperature, as the warmer they are then the quicker they’ll develop into a chrysalis. Put the mealworms into a well-ventilated sealed container – e.g. a large plastic tub – then place in a cool place such as a concrete floor in a garage. Mealworm food can be added to the tub if you intend to feed the mealworms sparingly to your birds and therefore want to prolong the supply over several weeks
How long do Live Mealworms last in storage & can I freeze them?
Provided they’re kept in a cool place, then usually at least two weeks. To further prolong the time the mealworms last, before they turn in the pupa (chrysalis) form, they can be kept in a refrigerator at 4°C. This will cause the mealworms’ metabolism to become dormant and therefore prevent the metamorphosis. However, a better solution is to keep them cool but active as outlined in the storage guidelines above, and if you think you have too many then just feed them to your birds! Don't store them in the freezer as this will kill them
What do the Mealworms eat?
Our live mealworms come with a supply of food included, though if you intend to keep the mealworms for several weeks and put them out sparingly for your birds, then it’s good to add further food which is a special bran.
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