Why feed mealworms to your birds? So many birds eat insects naturally that feeding them worms only seems natural! Mealworms are the larva form of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor. The larva grows into pupa and eventually adult beetles. The larva stage usually lasts about 10 weeks. Mealworms are high in protein and rich in vitamins A and B, making them a great food source for wild birds, reptiles, and fish.
Mealworms are a nutritious food supplement to bird feeding, especially to bluebirds who find them irresistible. They provide additional protein to the bird's regular diet of insects and seeds, particularly in early spring when those sources of protein may not be readily available. During the nesting season, when birds are raising their young, birds appreciate the ready food supply. For nesting birds, finding a consistent source of mealworm supply near their nest box prevents them from having to leave the eggs or nestlings for long periods of time when they could be subjected to predators. Offering mealworms may cause these nesting birds to nest closer to your home too, allowing you to enjoy them more frequently!
Bluebirds, chickadees, robins, wrens, woodpeckers, and other wild birds will eat mealworms placed in feeders that are easily accessible to them. Mealworms crawl, so it is best to place them in feeders that prevent them from getting out. Platform tray feeders, which can be hung or post mounted, are great for feeding mealworms. Keep in mind, it is best to place the feeders several feet away from plants, trees, or other types of cover; this allows the birds to scope out the feeder before flying to it. Simply place 10-25 mealworms in your feeder around the same time each day, and it will soon become a daily stop for your birds.
Armstrong’s Cricket Farm sells mealworms in quantities of one thousand, three thousand, ten thousand, and cases. Mealworms can be stored for weeks in the refrigerator. For more information on how to store mealworms, watch our video on YouTube.