Raising meal worms as feed supplement

Wannabefree

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My beetles die off too. I think they are supposed to. So far my colony looks to be pretty healthy :) It has been so long since i was here I forgot about this thread completely :lol:
 

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My biggest problem is getting rid of the dead shells and beetles. Taking the container outside in a good wind works, but not these 20 degree north winds we have.:(
 

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all my beatles are dead, and there are TONS of little mealyworms in there! havent counted yet though.
 

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the funny farm6 said:
all my beatles are dead, and there are TONS of little mealyworms in there! havent counted yet though.
Good job :thumbsup
 

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Only on this site can you give a thumbs up for having worms :lol: I find them at the bottom of my feed barrel sometimes and just give them to the chickens. Could I start a colony or do I need the beetles ?
 

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If those are actually meal worms, you could start a colony easily with them. They'll turn into the beetles for you eventually, and lay eggs and raise more.
 

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They are meal worms. And they seem to do very well in my greenhouse where I keep feed in the winter. How big are the beetles? I could gather a few as well.
 

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I am thinking of going off all store bought feed for the chickens. Between mealies and fodder I was hoping it would be enough. I am now concerned about the calcium ratio. If I just ground up the shells would that be enough to balance them out?
 
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