May 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm #523746
Thanks, I have now moved them into a big plastic box container and drilled holes in the lid. We left it outside on Sat night and they all went dormant in the cold?! Once we brought them back inside they were back on the move! Can’t say I’m keen on separating them so will see what happens in the big container 🙂May 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm #523747RobyneMember
When my nephew was a teenager he loved fishing and grew his own worms and decided to store some in Mums freezer, only thing was he didn’t mark the container and my sister thought it was ice cream.
She out it out on the table and nearly died when she opened then as the worms had defrosted when she took the lid off. We still laugh about the look on her face :laugh:May 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm #523748
:laugh: Robyne – that look would have been priceless, my lot found an ice cream container in the freezer and took it out hoping it would be true to label but, sadly, it ended up being chicken stock – disappointing but not with the same reaction I’m sure. :laugh:May 17, 2012 at 2:08 am #523749
Ours seem to be multiplying but I haven’t seen any beetles?May 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm #523750
:shrug: don’t know why that would be lmd80 there may have been eggs in the pack you purchased that are hatching now??? they start out very very small.May 22, 2012 at 1:13 am #523751
Yeah not sure. But we now have beetles!!!August 12, 2012 at 1:53 am #523752
Well we have gone through the first cycle and have tiny, tiny mealworms 😉 I have now separated the beetles just in case. The chooks will love the meal worms when they get bigger! Nice suprise to come home to after a week away.August 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm #523753
that’s fantastic lmd80, glad to hear you are having success!
I’m busy getting more bran to pour into our tank as they just seem to keep multiplying at the rate of knots – even though it is quite cold here – I have a grain mill and some wheat grain that I am ginding on the coarsest level to get the bran, beats having to buy it in the supermarket.August 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm #523754EdiediohMember
You can feed them chick crumble too.August 13, 2012 at 1:35 am #523755
I have discovered they love apple and pear cores 😉August 13, 2012 at 1:47 am #523756HTMember
I thought you just fed them potato peel? or is that where they draw their water from? I love “Dirty Jobs” on foxtel…and I know foxtel is snot simple living but after the “Friday Night Man” became the “Every-Night Man” a girl still has to have a bad habit 😆 doesn’t she 👿
HTAugust 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm #523757narellehMember
we have kept meal worms for many many yrs (decade or more). We have tried with varying degrees of success lots of different containers. We found the taller narrower containers tend to make more dewy stuff and bran becomes damp – the worms do not like damp.
we have been successfully using one of those plastic boxes on wheels just a smaller sized one not those huge ones. We just sit the lid on it we do not do it up – i have never had any beetles or worms escape but do sometimes have a problem with a weevil (must come in bran) and ants.
We feed them bran when it looks like they need it and the odd banana peel and occassionally potato skin – never too much at once or it can go mouldy and then worms/beetles die.
About twice a yr i remove all the old poo and bodies etc. I do this by picking out as many worms, pupae and beetles i can see easily and popping them into a new lot of bran. i give the rest to the poultry – they eat everything.
in between this i remove the odd handful of worms as a treat for the poultry.
it is very easy and the little DS (and the other before him) like to help and they learn tooAugust 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm #523758
Yes I thought so too, that is with the potato peel. Then I read something about apples but ate a pear first so in it went. It was covered in beetles and worms! Turns out when I moved the beetles, some tiny worms went too!
Bugger, I have just moved the beetles into a tall container! The other container is a plastic storage container. Both have holes drilled into them. Great idea for the clean out. My 2 year old also loves being involved 🙂 In winter, we are keeping them upstairs so he checks them all the time!August 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm #523759
on the fauna rescue website they recommend growing meal worms to feed some injured birds and another thing they put in to feed the worms is the powdered form of bird food (we had lorikeets and they had a mix we made into a custardy paste for them) so when the injured bird ate the mealworm it also got the benefit of the bird food mix – if that makes sense. interesting about the apple/pear, we have trees of the same so would be a good source of food for our worms during the fruit season!August 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm #523760
That is a good idea! We eat lots of apples and pears so there will always be scraps here.
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