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 Mini mealworms are a great source of nutrition for wild birds. Live food is essential during the breeding season and these small mealworms are easier for baby birds to digest. Available in 500g bags and 40g tubs. Every purchase goes towards supporting local Wildlife Trusts. 

Our 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.

Due to shortages at our Live Food Supplier, Live Mealworms are temporarily unavailable. We expect stock to be available again in the next week & the website will be updated as soon as they are available.

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Mini mealworms are young mealworms that have not yet fully grown. They are a nutritious bird food, providing moisture and protein for birds. They make a good addition to your garden during breeding season, as their size makes them easier for baby birds to consume. 

Ground-feeding and insectivorous garden birds are attracted to the wriggle of worms. These include live mealworms and waxworms, as well as mini mealworms. In the wild, birds pick up worms from the ground, and caterpillars from bushes and trees. During nesting and fledgling seasons, birds feed these to their young. Mini mealworms can be beneficial because they are easier for small birds to consume. 

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FAQ Title 1

How do I feed mini mealworms to wild birds?

FAQ Content 1

Mini mealworms, like regular mealworms and waxworms, are best fed using a live food feeder. These are built in a way that stops worms from wriggling away. 

These are built with a small tray to put the mini mealworms in, which comes with a lip. It is this lip that stops them from escaping from the tray. Our live mealworm feeders are covered, which stops the worms from getting wet. Mini mealworms, and all other live bird foods, should be kept dry once in your garden. They will not be able to survive if they are submerged. 

FAQ Title 2

How should I store mini mealworms?

FAQ Content 2

Live small mealworms can be stored in a breathable plastic container. As with regular mealworms, they must be kept at a certain temperature in order to keep their growth hormones dormant. This keeps them suspended in their larvae form. If they are not kept under these conditions, they will turn into darkling beetles. 

Store live mini mealworms in a cool, dry, dark place at temperatures between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius. Keeping mini mealworms at these temperatures is highly important, as it keeps them at the larval stage of their life cycle and stops them turning into a beetle. You should avoid storing them in a container where the mealworms are too deep: a shallow dish or container of around 1 to 1.5 inches is advised. Alternatively, a deep container that is wide enough to ensure the mealworms aren’t too deep is also possible.  

FAQ Title 3

How long can I keep small mealworms? 

FAQ Content 3

You can store mini mealworms for approximately 2 weeks before feeding them to birds, provided you keep them in the correct conditions. If you are storing them for any longer than this, it is advised that you feed them with mealworm food to ensure they survive.  

Keep mini mealworms in a sealed, breathable container in a cold, dark area -- see the above section for more details. 

When you are ready to put the meal worms into your garden, take them from the fridge/cold area and allow them to reach room temperature. 

It is important that when storing livefoods you keep them in the correct conditions. If you do not do this, they will continue with their life cycle (turning into a beetle or, in the case of a waxworm, a moth) or perish. 

FAQ Title 4

Are mini mealworms good for garden birds?

FAQ Content 4

All livefoods are an important addition to your garden if you want to attract wild birds. Increased urbanisation and climate change have meant many birds becoming red-listed over the last decade, and insect-feeding birds are the most vulnerable to this.

Mealworms help to encourage wild birds into your garden, especially soft-billed, ground-feeding birds like Robins, Blackbirds and Song  thrushes. During breeding and fledgling seasons, they are especially beneficial. This is because they have a high protein content, which helps to aid feather growth in young birds. They also have a high moisture content, which is also ideal for baby birds. Parent birds will often feed live worms and caterpillars to their nestlings, and this helps to hydrate them. This is vital for baby birds that are unable to venture from their nest yet, as they are unable to fly to a water source by themselves. Mini mealworms are especially useful, because small mealworms are easier for younger birds to eat and digest. 

To attract a variety of species into your garden year round, we recommend putting out a range of bird foods.

As well as livefood, you could also include: 

  • Suet products, like suet pellets and fat balls (especially during the Winter months)
  • Seed mixes and straight seeds
  • De-husked seeds, like sunflower hearts chips
  • Dried mealworms
  • Peanuts
FAQ Title 5

Which birds eat mini mealworms? 

FAQ Content 5

Mini-mealworms are especially beneficial during breeding systems, when birds feed them to their young. 

Birds that feed on mealworms include: 

 

 

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.

  • Esmond smith

    100%

    The mini mealy worms are ideal for feed for baby nestlings . I felt assured leaving these for adult birds to feed chicks without any danger to the young.

    12/07/2021
  • Isobel Sherriff

    100%

    The birds love them, that's good enough for me.

    24/05/2021
  • Richard Hudgell

    100%

    These were top quality mealworms (not that I’m an expert you understand!) all I can say is that the birds love them, particularly our robins who can’t get enough this time of year. Also the blackbirds, dunnocks and of course the starlings.

    20/05/2021
  • Barry Norris

    100%

    Excellent quality and service. Just what it said on the label.

    28/04/2021
  • Tricia Wastvedt

    100%

    The birds go nuts for them. They're put out and then they're gone. I have to set myself up with time to watch the action or they're finished by the time I look again. But it's wonderful to see them getting the best of what they need, especially with babes to feed. The only drawback is more plastic tubs to recycle. Any hope of little carboard boxes? I double-container them for the fridge anyway and I expect most people do.

    26/04/2021
  • Nick De cent

    100%

    The birds love 'em!

    24/03/2021
  • Katrina Mcmanus

    100%

    Have brought these before and the food to feed them up. They are very lively and our local robins often get to eat them before the majority get a chance to grow! However the same thing happens when our local blackbirds come seeking mealworms as a treat. So on behalf of the wild birds they score these mealworms highly.

    16/03/2021
  • Vivien Mclean

    100%

    It took our birds, mainly blackbirds and a pair of pied wagtails, a few days to accept the live mini mealworms. Now, as expected, they are all eaten by lunchtime. It would have been useful to have information about how to store the live mealworms, either on your website or a slip of paper with the delivery.

    06/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Wrong items delivered at first (and delayed in post so mostly dead on arrival) but mistake rectified speedily and second batch arrived next morning all in perfect condition. Enormous amount of interest by robins and blackbirds who took as many as were offered. Dunnocks also quite keen on them. The normal hungry hoard of woodpigeons not interested at all, of course, which was an added bonus

    30/07/2020
  • Pamela Franczak

    100%

    My young robins love Mini mealworms as they are not too big. They wait for me to put some out each morning. I need to buy some more!

    30/07/2020
  • Ann Whitty

    80%

    Meal worms good. Office staff rude.

    30/07/2020
  • Ian Kassell

    100%

    Excellent quality as is always the case with vine house products quality assured with a quick delivery

    30/07/2020
  • Judith Douglas

    100%

    Mealworms fresh and lively. Small enough for adult birds to feed to fledglings. Delivery very prompt as always with this firm. The farmer practises what he preaches, firstly on his own farm and secondly by giving a proportion of the profits to wildlife charities.

    30/07/2020
  • Jacqueline Blanshard

    80%

    The blackbirds and robin in my garden loved them. I think I chose to feed them at the optimum time because the second lot hung around a little bit and I did have to feed the mealworms with the bran to keep them healthy. Sparrows also thought they were great.

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds loved them. Being in town it seemed to be the blackbirds and the sparrows in competition with each other for them. It was fun watching the blackbirds cramming as many worms into their beaks as they could. I put them out during nesting so I hope they helped a few baby birds to survive. They are expensive so I put a one pot out every morning but couldn't afford any more, so back on to the dried worms.

    29/06/2020
  • Sue Hynes

    100%

    The birds like them. Very tasty. The parents feed the adolescents

    28/05/2020
  • Dee Wallace

    100%

    Great quality and these get swooped upon as soon as I scatter them....if the smaller birds get there before my resident seagull !

    28/05/2020
  • Michael Smith

    100%

    Small pots of small mealworms are easier for me to handle and easier for me bluetits to eat/feed to their young. Excellent food quickly delivered. Thank you.

    28/05/2020
  • Michael evans

    100%

    Great tits really enjoyed these

    28/05/2020
  • Diane Clifford

    100%

    Highly popular with the birdlife but it feels like murder to the humans!

    28/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Rapid delivery. We’re keeping the mealworms in the fridge. When we put some on the bird table we sit nearby and enjoy watching the birds take them away by the beakful.

    27/04/2020
  • Mrs jill Nash

    100%

    Good packaging and quick delivery

    04/06/2019
  • Mrs florence Lloyd

    100%

    Ask the birds. They know best!!

    01/06/2019
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service. Arrived super quick.

    31/05/2019
  • Mrs hilda brown

    100%

    Very much appreciated at this time of year by our garden birds......they would go through the full 500g in a day given chance. They have had 3 deliveries now......and I think that they will have to wait until next year for the next. The fledglings are out and about. I empty the delivery into a shallow 15”diameter plastic container on arrival and throw in a handful of wheatgerm which keeps the worms alive and active! Your delivery system is excellent....delivered within 24hrs of ordering....thanks to the Post Office too! Egg boxes easy to cope with....newspaper not so!

    25/05/2019
  • Mr alan Hunt

    80%

    Have had problems on several occasions when ordering mealworms. Last year one order never came. Twice this year I got normal size meal worms instead of the mini ones which I had ordered. I understand they are despatched from vine house farms supplier. I did receive them after I called to point out the error. That aside the worms always arrive in good time and in good condition. On the whole the feed from vine house farm is of excellent quality and so is the service.

    23/05/2019
  • Ms Rita gregory

    100%

    Perfect for nestlings. Our resident blue tit has been to and fro feeding its young. Great tits have also been visiting regularly.

    21/05/2019
  • Anonymous

    100%

    A great product which the birds love. I get the mini ones for the birds to feed to their young in the nest. They are so popular that I put them in a feeder which only gives access to the smaller birds (sparrows, great tits and blue tits), but even so, I find it impossible to keep up with demand!

    13/05/2019
  • Mr john Taylor

    80%

    well packed & fastdelivery

    12/05/2019
  • Mrs judith Hodgson

    80%

    11/05/2019
  • Mrs tara Bowling

    100%

    These are amazing for the little birds as the worms are really small! Robin takes a big mouthful and seems to love them... They never last for long on the feeder, all the birds go straight for it..

    07/05/2019
  • Mr gordon taylor

    100%

    Prompt delivery and product as described, what more can one ask? I’m just one very happy customer!

    22/04/2019
  • Anonymous

    100%

    birds loved them but i did'nt like handling them

    09/04/2019

Mini mealworms are young mealworms that have not yet fully grown. They are a nutritious bird food, providing moisture and protein for birds. They make a good addition to your garden during breeding season, as their size makes them easier for baby birds to consume. 

Ground-feeding and insectivorous garden birds are attracted to the wriggle of worms. These include live mealworms and waxworms, as well as mini mealworms. In the wild, birds pick up worms from the ground, and caterpillars from bushes and trees. During nesting and fledgling seasons, birds feed these to their young. Mini mealworms can be beneficial because they are easier for small birds to consume. 

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.

  • Esmond smith

    100%

    The mini mealy worms are ideal for feed for baby nestlings . I felt assured leaving these for adult birds to feed chicks without any danger to the young.

    12/07/2021
  • Isobel Sherriff

    100%

    The birds love them, that's good enough for me.

    24/05/2021
  • Richard Hudgell

    100%

    These were top quality mealworms (not that I’m an expert you understand!) all I can say is that the birds love them, particularly our robins who can’t get enough this time of year. Also the blackbirds, dunnocks and of course the starlings.

    20/05/2021
  • Barry Norris

    100%

    Excellent quality and service. Just what it said on the label.

    28/04/2021
  • Tricia Wastvedt

    100%

    The birds go nuts for them. They're put out and then they're gone. I have to set myself up with time to watch the action or they're finished by the time I look again. But it's wonderful to see them getting the best of what they need, especially with babes to feed. The only drawback is more plastic tubs to recycle. Any hope of little carboard boxes? I double-container them for the fridge anyway and I expect most people do.

    26/04/2021
  • Nick De cent

    100%

    The birds love 'em!

    24/03/2021
  • Katrina Mcmanus

    100%

    Have brought these before and the food to feed them up. They are very lively and our local robins often get to eat them before the majority get a chance to grow! However the same thing happens when our local blackbirds come seeking mealworms as a treat. So on behalf of the wild birds they score these mealworms highly.

    16/03/2021
  • Vivien Mclean

    100%

    It took our birds, mainly blackbirds and a pair of pied wagtails, a few days to accept the live mini mealworms. Now, as expected, they are all eaten by lunchtime. It would have been useful to have information about how to store the live mealworms, either on your website or a slip of paper with the delivery.

    06/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Wrong items delivered at first (and delayed in post so mostly dead on arrival) but mistake rectified speedily and second batch arrived next morning all in perfect condition. Enormous amount of interest by robins and blackbirds who took as many as were offered. Dunnocks also quite keen on them. The normal hungry hoard of woodpigeons not interested at all, of course, which was an added bonus

    30/07/2020
  • Pamela Franczak

    100%

    My young robins love Mini mealworms as they are not too big. They wait for me to put some out each morning. I need to buy some more!

    30/07/2020
  • Ann Whitty

    80%

    Meal worms good. Office staff rude.

    30/07/2020
  • Ian Kassell

    100%

    Excellent quality as is always the case with vine house products quality assured with a quick delivery

    30/07/2020
  • Judith Douglas

    100%

    Mealworms fresh and lively. Small enough for adult birds to feed to fledglings. Delivery very prompt as always with this firm. The farmer practises what he preaches, firstly on his own farm and secondly by giving a proportion of the profits to wildlife charities.

    30/07/2020
  • Jacqueline Blanshard

    80%

    The blackbirds and robin in my garden loved them. I think I chose to feed them at the optimum time because the second lot hung around a little bit and I did have to feed the mealworms with the bran to keep them healthy. Sparrows also thought they were great.

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds loved them. Being in town it seemed to be the blackbirds and the sparrows in competition with each other for them. It was fun watching the blackbirds cramming as many worms into their beaks as they could. I put them out during nesting so I hope they helped a few baby birds to survive. They are expensive so I put a one pot out every morning but couldn't afford any more, so back on to the dried worms.

    29/06/2020
  • Sue Hynes

    100%

    The birds like them. Very tasty. The parents feed the adolescents

    28/05/2020
  • Dee Wallace

    100%

    Great quality and these get swooped upon as soon as I scatter them....if the smaller birds get there before my resident seagull !

    28/05/2020
  • Michael Smith

    100%

    Small pots of small mealworms are easier for me to handle and easier for me bluetits to eat/feed to their young. Excellent food quickly delivered. Thank you.

    28/05/2020
  • Michael evans

    100%

    Great tits really enjoyed these

    28/05/2020
  • Diane Clifford

    100%

    Highly popular with the birdlife but it feels like murder to the humans!

    28/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Rapid delivery. We’re keeping the mealworms in the fridge. When we put some on the bird table we sit nearby and enjoy watching the birds take them away by the beakful.

    27/04/2020
  • Mrs jill Nash

    100%

    Good packaging and quick delivery

    04/06/2019
  • Mrs florence Lloyd

    100%

    Ask the birds. They know best!!

    01/06/2019
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service. Arrived super quick.

    31/05/2019
  • Mrs hilda brown

    100%

    Very much appreciated at this time of year by our garden birds......they would go through the full 500g in a day given chance. They have had 3 deliveries now......and I think that they will have to wait until next year for the next. The fledglings are out and about. I empty the delivery into a shallow 15”diameter plastic container on arrival and throw in a handful of wheatgerm which keeps the worms alive and active! Your delivery system is excellent....delivered within 24hrs of ordering....thanks to the Post Office too! Egg boxes easy to cope with....newspaper not so!

    25/05/2019
  • Mr alan Hunt

    80%

    Have had problems on several occasions when ordering mealworms. Last year one order never came. Twice this year I got normal size meal worms instead of the mini ones which I had ordered. I understand they are despatched from vine house farms supplier. I did receive them after I called to point out the error. That aside the worms always arrive in good time and in good condition. On the whole the feed from vine house farm is of excellent quality and so is the service.

    23/05/2019
  • Ms Rita gregory

    100%

    Perfect for nestlings. Our resident blue tit has been to and fro feeding its young. Great tits have also been visiting regularly.

    21/05/2019
  • Anonymous

    100%

    A great product which the birds love. I get the mini ones for the birds to feed to their young in the nest. They are so popular that I put them in a feeder which only gives access to the smaller birds (sparrows, great tits and blue tits), but even so, I find it impossible to keep up with demand!

    13/05/2019
  • Mr john Taylor

    80%

    well packed & fastdelivery

    12/05/2019
  • Mrs judith Hodgson

    80%

    11/05/2019
  • Mrs tara Bowling

    100%

    These are amazing for the little birds as the worms are really small! Robin takes a big mouthful and seems to love them... They never last for long on the feeder, all the birds go straight for it..

    07/05/2019
  • Mr gordon taylor

    100%

    Prompt delivery and product as described, what more can one ask? I’m just one very happy customer!

    22/04/2019
  • Anonymous

    100%

    birds loved them but i did'nt like handling them

    09/04/2019

FAQS

How do I feed mini mealworms to wild birds?

Mini mealworms, like regular mealworms and waxworms, are best fed using a live food feeder. These are built in a way that stops worms from wriggling away. 

These are built with a small tray to put the mini mealworms in, which comes with a lip. It is this lip that stops them from escaping from the tray. Our live mealworm feeders are covered, which stops the worms from getting wet. Mini mealworms, and all other live bird foods, should be kept dry once in your garden. They will not be able to survive if they are submerged. 

How should I store mini mealworms?

Live small mealworms can be stored in a breathable plastic container. As with regular mealworms, they must be kept at a certain temperature in order to keep their growth hormones dormant. This keeps them suspended in their larvae form. If they are not kept under these conditions, they will turn into darkling beetles. 

Store live mini mealworms in a cool, dry, dark place at temperatures between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius. Keeping mini mealworms at these temperatures is highly important, as it keeps them at the larval stage of their life cycle and stops them turning into a beetle. You should avoid storing them in a container where the mealworms are too deep: a shallow dish or container of around 1 to 1.5 inches is advised. Alternatively, a deep container that is wide enough to ensure the mealworms aren’t too deep is also possible.  

How long can I keep small mealworms? 

You can store mini mealworms for approximately 2 weeks before feeding them to birds, provided you keep them in the correct conditions. If you are storing them for any longer than this, it is advised that you feed them with mealworm food to ensure they survive.  

Keep mini mealworms in a sealed, breathable container in a cold, dark area -- see the above section for more details. 

When you are ready to put the meal worms into your garden, take them from the fridge/cold area and allow them to reach room temperature. 

It is important that when storing livefoods you keep them in the correct conditions. If you do not do this, they will continue with their life cycle (turning into a beetle or, in the case of a waxworm, a moth) or perish. 

Are mini mealworms good for garden birds?

All livefoods are an important addition to your garden if you want to attract wild birds. Increased urbanisation and climate change have meant many birds becoming red-listed over the last decade, and insect-feeding birds are the most vulnerable to this.

Mealworms help to encourage wild birds into your garden, especially soft-billed, ground-feeding birds like Robins, Blackbirds and Song  thrushes. During breeding and fledgling seasons, they are especially beneficial. This is because they have a high protein content, which helps to aid feather growth in young birds. They also have a high moisture content, which is also ideal for baby birds. Parent birds will often feed live worms and caterpillars to their nestlings, and this helps to hydrate them. This is vital for baby birds that are unable to venture from their nest yet, as they are unable to fly to a water source by themselves. Mini mealworms are especially useful, because small mealworms are easier for younger birds to eat and digest. 

To attract a variety of species into your garden year round, we recommend putting out a range of bird foods.

As well as livefood, you could also include: 

  • Suet products, like suet pellets and fat balls (especially during the Winter months)
  • Seed mixes and straight seeds
  • De-husked seeds, like sunflower hearts chips
  • Dried mealworms
  • Peanuts

Which birds eat mini mealworms? 

Mini-mealworms are especially beneficial during breeding systems, when birds feed them to their young. 

Birds that feed on mealworms include: 

 

 

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