Living with Birds Live and Dried Mealworms

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Insect protein is a vital component in many birds’ diets. Our high quality mealworms make an unbeatable source of easily digestible nutrition for most garden species, especially adult birds feeding their young. Delivered direct to your door, they’re conveniently packed for easy handling.

Mealwormslive mealworms live mealworm tub
  • Ideal for adults feeding their young
  • Unbeatable source of easily-digestible protein

from £7.50

Dried Mealwormsdried mealworms
  • Easier to store than live mealworms
  • Ideal for anyone who's squeamish about handling live foods

from £3.99

Mini Mealwormslive mini mealworms
  • Typically 13-18mm long
  • Particularly suitable for fledglings just starting to feed

from £10.00

Mealworm Foodmealworm food collection image
  • Available in two sizes
  • Helps keep 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.

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