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I have a couple of extra tubs of meal worms that need to be used up and I'm wondering if anyone feeds them to their birds(budgie or not), are they beneficial, I would imagine they would be good for protein...

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I'm sure they would love them. Although they will probably find them quite scary at first. I would also not give them very much.

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okay, well maybe I'll add a few to their fruit and veg and see what they think :hap:

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I tried them with my Budgies and one brave cock ate the the others would not go near the food bowl untill the little offenders where removed. Elmo played with them, I gave him 12 but could only find 9 on the bottom of his cage and then found another near my Desk don't know if he ate the other two or if they crawled away.

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dont they bite? i remeber screaming as one bit me when i was little lol i was probably jsut a little scared ^_^

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oh lol now i understand when im called a dramatic kid lol it probably never bit me all the imagination ^_^

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They have scratchy little feet so maybe it's foot scratched you and you got a fright ^_^

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let us know how they go ^_^

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I tried my girls with them... but they freaked out when they wiggled when they tried to pick them up! haha

 

(on a side note... I had a tub at home once that got knocked over... they crawled everywhere... and then the ants got inside to get them... we had to strip the whole room-including empting out a massive cupboard as they were under it-, and get on our hands and knees to remove them... It took hours... and after all that, we still found them through out the house. Such a nightmare!!!

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Yikes Maesie that sounds crazy :) Incidentally that's the point that I'm at with the pantry moths at the moment. Inoticed alot of the meal worms have startedto pupate now and there is even one beetle in there so I'm going to stick them in a big tub with a new bag of food and let them breed up a bit, that way I won't have to buy them in the future

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Yikes Maesie that sounds crazy :) Incidentally that's the point that I'm at with the pantry moths at the moment. Inoticed alot of the meal worms have startedto pupate now and there is even one beetle in there so I'm going to stick them in a big tub with a new bag of food and let them breed up a bit, that way I won't have to buy them in the future

 

 

Sounds like a plan... Mine have even started to climb out of their air holes!!!!!!!!! grrrrr, so I put the tub of them in another container I have which seals fully. It has a piece cut out of the lid which has weed mat over it. This allows air but no escapes!!!

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I used to keep them in the fridge, stops them from pupating and slows them down a bit too, might have to go back to doing that... don't put them in the back of the fridge though if it'sthe type that tends to freeze things, they don't do so well after they've been frozen :)

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I have a bit of a mealworm "farm" going on hahaaa.. I try and convince the budgies that they are fun to eat but the most they like to do is run over them and feel them wiggling under their toes :baby:

The larger parrots eat them and i also add Insectivore to the bran mix, it makes me feel a little better as they really have not much nutritional content as they are.. I mainly breed them though for Wildlife that comes in and also in case the other wildlife rescuers need some (I'm remote, no pet shops here to just go and get some from)

I use plastic tubs with a hole cut out from the lid and fly screen stuck on with silastic, then i just fill the tub with oat bran but i deep freeze it first as it sometimes has bugs in it that invades the mealworms (Grrrr)

I feed them Carrot and Potato Skins, Insectivore mix and occasionally water soaked bread for extra moisture.. they sometimes get Apple, celery etc etc also..

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I separate the Darkling bugs and pupa into one tub.. and the beetles then breed and lay eggs in the bran and on the dry peels..

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When they develop into baby mealworms i move the bubs into a fresh container of Bran mix and leave the beetles in their tub to keep doing their thing until they all eventually get too old for it all and die :angry: .. By this time though the mealworm baby's have grown up and some are already turning into pupa/beetles so the cycle continues..

Mind you if you don't use them as much as i do, After one breeding cycle you will have them coming out of your EARS :mallet: they breed SO MANY...

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The big tub that they are sitting in on the bottom has water in it to stop ants this time of year (wet season) but I have 4 of these tubs that are usually on the run with worms also ;)

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Thats a lot of worms :baby:

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I have that EXACT container!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Even with the hole and screen mesh on top!!! lol

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hahaha cool :D

Also to stop the ants i spray around my bird mite/lice spray.. Better than spraying the nasty chemicals in fly sprays/ant rids .. I use it all about the house and cages..

Jimmy between myself and the two other carers, we can go through THOUSANDS of the lil monsters each week.. Its really hard to actually keep up the stocks and quite often we need to get them express posted in :D

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Do you feed them to possums UNa? I do wildlife care too but I've never tried them on the possums, just the lizards and birds

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We only get into care those little sugar gliders on a rare occasion.. they don't seen very keen on them hahaaa..

We do feed them to little micro bats though :D

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I like microbats but I haven't had my shots so none of them for me for the time being. Mainly possums(ringys and brushies) around here and the odd bird

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I like microbats but I haven't had my shots so none of them for me for the time being. Mainly possums(ringys and brushies) around here and the odd bird

 

I'd still be getting my shots if I were handling possums... you never know what they might carry. On a side note, we were doing a trap and release of micro bats when I was studying a few years back... using harp nets (I think they were called?) All the bats are so cute in an ugly sort of way.

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Possums are surprisingly clean animals. The concern with bats is Lyssavirus (sp?) and until I have my rabies shots I am not allowed to handle them for my wildlife organisation, the only time I would is if someone gave meone and I was passing it on to someone else and then I wouldn'ttouch it unless absolutely necessary

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MB your quails will LOVE them!!! :(

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