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Tips on How to Raise and Breed Mealworms Mealworms are a favorite food for many birds. They are rich in potassium, fat, and protein. However, unlike the name suggests, a mealworm is not in reality a worm. It is the larva of the mealworm beetle. If you are a bird lover, you should definitely consider raising and breeding your own worms. Here is how you do it. The first thing you need to do is build a home for the beetles. You just need to two or three large plastic containers with lids. Since the beetles do not require light, just air to breathe, you need to poke a few holes in each of the containers. Next, you need to spread some substrate at the bottom of the container. This could be chick starter, wheat bran, or corn meal. At this point, you can put the beetles in. It is important to note that mealworms develop very slowly in cold temperatures. As such, you need to place the container in a warm place. Ideally, you should feed the worms every few days. Among the things that the worms are fond of are kales, potatoes and cabbages. You could also feed them on vegetables and fruits. Care should be taken when feeding the worms on such fruits as kiwis as their moisture content is high. If left in the containers for too long, they are likely to cause mold, which may kill the worms. Clean the containers often by removing moldy or dried food, dead larvae, and exoskeletons. Once the worms are fully grown and black in color, it is advisable that you place some rags in the containers. This is where they will place their progeny. To prevent the beetles from eating the eggs make sure you separate them. It takes no more than twelve days for the eggs to hatch and become mini mealworms. You can pick these and feed them to your birds. Reviewed websites: http://www.haiths.com/Products/Live-Mealworms-WBLF01001/ http://www.livefoodsdirect.co.uk/Category/Mealworms http://www.vinehousefarm.co.uk/our-shop/Live-bird-foods-and-Feeders/Live-Mealworms/78 http://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/reptile-care/keeping-mealworms.html


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