Living with Birds Live and Dried Mealworms

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An unbeatable source of easily-digestable protein, live foods are a year-round favourite with robins, blackbirds and other soft-food eaters. They‘re also a popular choice for seed-eaters like sparrows that depend on a ready supply of insects to feed their growing chicks.

Packed with 48% protein and 40% fat, our high quality mealworms are especially welcomed during the nesting season when adult birds are raising a young family. 

Delivered direct to your door, they’re conveniently packed for easy handling.

Mealwormslive mealworms live mealworm tub

Ideal for adults feeding their young. An unbeatable source of easily-digestible protein.

from £7.90

Dried Mealwormsdried mealworms

Our Dried Mealworms are easier to store than live mealworms, so much more ideal for anyone who's squeamish about handling live foods.

from £3.99

Mini Mealwormslive mini mealworms

Typically 13-18mm long so particularly suitable for fledglings just starting to feed.

from £10.60

Mealworm Foodmealworm food collection image

Available in two sizes to help keep live mealworms fresher for longer.

from £1.95

Your questions answered

Why feed garden birds mealworms?

For many small birds there is no better food than mealworms. These are the larvae of the flour beetle and are clean, fat and juicy. They may look like maggots but are very different: maggots are invariably fed on carrion or waste meat, which means they may well be contaminated by disease, whereas our mealworms are reared on vegetable matter - just like the leaf-munching caterpillars the birds naturally eat in the wild. They are safe and suitable for adults and chicks alike. Chicks reared on them don't need water since the mealworms contain sufficient moisture.

How to feed mealworms to your birds?

Mealworms can be fed to the birds, directly on the ground or, better still, in a smooth-sided pot so that they can't crawl away. Alternatively our I Love Robins® bird feeders are ideal. Feed a small quantity at a time until your birds know where to find them. Avoid putting them out in wet weather unless they are covered since they will quickly drown. They can also be put in holes bored into tree trunks to attract birds like treecreepers and woodpeckers. And they are the ultimate way of making a garden robin hand-tame.

Can dogs eat mealworms?

Yes, dogs can eat mealworms with no harm being caused. However they usually won't actively eat them.

What do mealworms need to survive?

Food, water and a bit of heat. Feed mealworms bran or oats and add a slice of cucumber or place a damp paper towel on-top. Keep them nice and cool in the fridge or a dark cupboard.

Our Mealworm Food is a great and easy option. 

How to care for mealworms

Looking after mealworms demmands little more effort than storing a bag of seed. They don't smell, and kept cool in their tubs they'll last a fortnight or more. 

Refridgeration isn't normally necessary outside the hot summer months - keeping the tubs in a garage or porch will suffice. 

You can 'refresh' the worms after a week with a little moisture: popping a slice of apple into the tub is ideal. Adding a little of our mealworm food every few days can also help keep them fresher for longer and extend storage time. 

There's a range of options for offering these nutritious protein-packed live food with our mealworm bird feeders

 

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