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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 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, 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.

  • 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
  • Anonymous

    100%

    birds wont touch dried mealworms - even if soaked - now

    03/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    THey go down a treat with the birds.

    02/05/2021
  • Tony Clarke

    100%

    OMG - the word gets out so quick and birds arrive from all directions! If we go near the shed, our chickens line up by the door... Very popular.

    01/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The only problem with the mealworms is the birds swoop as soon as they are put out and I have to keep telling them to stop squabbling over them! Excellent food and will be getting more soon for the young.

    22/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The worms are very popular with the birds - Robins are there instantly, followed by Blackbirds and others and they are gone in minutes. They do attract Magpies, but I guess that a full Magpie is less likely to predate other bird's eggs and chicks!

    20/04/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Arrived promptly, well packaged. Good size, lively worms which stored well but proved far too popular to last long.

    15/04/2021
  • Mrs e A taylor

    100%

    Mealworms always delivered promptly and in good condition.

    14/04/2021
  • Mr darryl Campling

    100%

    Brilliant attractant for robins and tits.

    09/04/2021
  • 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

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.

  • 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
  • Anonymous

    100%

    birds wont touch dried mealworms - even if soaked - now

    03/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    THey go down a treat with the birds.

    02/05/2021
  • Tony Clarke

    100%

    OMG - the word gets out so quick and birds arrive from all directions! If we go near the shed, our chickens line up by the door... Very popular.

    01/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The only problem with the mealworms is the birds swoop as soon as they are put out and I have to keep telling them to stop squabbling over them! Excellent food and will be getting more soon for the young.

    22/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The worms are very popular with the birds - Robins are there instantly, followed by Blackbirds and others and they are gone in minutes. They do attract Magpies, but I guess that a full Magpie is less likely to predate other bird's eggs and chicks!

    20/04/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Arrived promptly, well packaged. Good size, lively worms which stored well but proved far too popular to last long.

    15/04/2021
  • Mrs e A taylor

    100%

    Mealworms always delivered promptly and in good condition.

    14/04/2021
  • Mr darryl Campling

    100%

    Brilliant attractant for robins and tits.

    09/04/2021
  • 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

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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