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Welcome to The Wiggly Mealworm University...

Welcome to The Wiggly Mealworm University...
By Rob 4 years ago

If you are interesting in using dried mealworms we thought you might like to know a little bit more about them, so here is our attempt at a comprehensive guide to dried mealworms.


What are dried mealworms?

Mealworms aren't actually worms at all - they are the larvae of a flour beetle. A flour beetle egg grows into a mealworm which then transforms into a pupae before the flour beetle emerges. Dried mealworms are mealworms that are heat dried or freeze dried.


What do mealworms eat?

Mealworms love cereals, grains and vegetables. They are particularly fond of carrots!


What is the typical analysis of dried mealworms?

It does vary but typically the make up of dried mealworms is:  Protein 53%, Fat 28%, Fiber 6%, Moisture 5%.

As the drying process reduces the natural moisture content that you would find in live worms and insects when you feed them to your birds, animals and pets etc  you need to ensure that there is a good supply of  clean water. This is especially important when feeding to young chicks as after being eaten moisture has to be added to the mealworms during digestion and so if water is not available this can cause dehydration.


Chick with Mealworm 25296


What can I feed Dried Mealworms to?

Dried mealworms are loved by a vast array of animals from Poultry to Reptiles, from Garden Birds and Hedgehogs to Fish! They are 100% natural and high in protein so can be fed to most animals. Please be careful not to feed too many at once however as with anything. They should not be used as a main food, they should be used as a treat or supplement.




Dried mealworms are most popular for birds like Robins, Starlings, Thrushes, Wrens, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Tits, Woodpeckers and Jays. Dried Mealworms are also very popular with Chickens and Ducks who just absolutely love them. (A very good way of attracting your hens back to their pen in our experience!


Chickens with Mealworm Pot 25276


When should Dried Mealworms be fed?

Dried Mealworms can be fed all year round, not just when food can be short in the winter. In summer months when the weather is really sunny the ground can become pretty hard which makes it really difficult for your birds to dig for worms and larvae so this is a particularly good time to try dried mealworms.


How should I feed dried mealworms?

Dried Mealworms can be fed by sprinkling straight onto the floor to encourage natural foraging, or putting them loose on bird tables or in feeders, or we you can mix them intro your seed mix (or buy you mix with dried mealworms in it ready to go) A great natural protein and even better to help in the breeding season.


Are your Dried Mealworms Imported?

Yes all of our dried meal worms are imported - they are simply unavailable in the UK. All imported mealworms come with certificates of origin and health certification etc. We import natural, safe high quality mealworms.

Mealworm Starter Pack + Dried

Where can I get them?

We know a very nice company - happened to be called Wiggly Wigglers and they have.... Worms :) http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/dried-mealworms.html