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Mealworm Breeding Kit

Regular price

Earn up to: 55 Green Points

Like to try your hand at raising your own supply of live food? It's quite simple to breed your own mealworms, all you need is this kit and some old margarine tubs to act as your mealworm breeding box, some vegetable waste (mealworms are particularly keen on carrots, potatoes, apples or bananas) and the whole mealworm farm kit won't take up much space and timewise you will need about 10 minutes a week. This is a practical and very inexpensive way to have a continual supply of mealworms.

Mealworm breeding kit contains:

  • 120g mealworms,
  • 1 bag of mealworm food
  • full instructions for creating your own mealworm farm

WHAT STAGES DO THEY GO THROUGH? Like all true insects, mealworms go through four distinct stages in their development. The beetles are black and lay eggs that hatch into tiny mealworms. These grow into larger orangey brown coloured mealworms then develop into white pupas that grow into beetles. They take around 3 months to complete the cycle, but higher temperatures and more light speeds the process up.

HOW TO BREED MEALWORMS Find three shallow trays, old ice cream tubs will be fine, or small stackable trays or drawer units. Put the mealworms in about 4cm of bran (Tray 1). The mealworms need to be kept at a temperature of between 45 and 85 degrees. 77 degrees is perfect. Feed your mealworms small pieces of fruit or vegetables (they feed off the bran, but fruit and vegetables provide moisture). Replace the food weekly. The bran bedding must not get wet as it will ferment and kill your worms. After a few weeks, the mealworms will develop into white pupae which don't eat, but wiggle like mad if touched. Remove these and put them into Tray 2 and wait for them to develop into male and female beetles. Place the beetles into Tray 3 and add bran and feed with pieces of fruit or vegetables as before. These will now mate, lay eggs and die.

HOW DO I FEED THE BIRDS WITH MEALWORMS? When the mealworms are 15mm long you can harvest them from your tray. Place them in a steep-sided container and put on your bird table.

Our standard delivery charge is £3.95.
(Next Day delivery is £5.95)

*GB mainland only and other exclusions apply. Please see below for full details.

Area Standard Delivery Royal Mail (Live Orders) Next Working Day Delivery
Mainland UK (excludes highlands) £3.95 £3.95 £5.95
Falkirk, Aberdeen Perth Kirkwall Paisley and Inverness Areas (not islands), Isle of Man and Isle of Wight £14.95 £3.95 N/A
For Scottish Islands, Outer Hebrides, Kilmarnock area, Paisley area, Chanel Islands and Northern Ireland £19.95 £3.95 N/A

All our orders are now despatched from our farm here in Herefordshire and so we’ve made a few changes. We will always despatch orders as soon as possible, but we do offer a next day delivery service (some restrictions apply) for those urgent orders.

Wiggly Standard Delivery (3 - 5 day delivery) £3.95 within mainland Britain

If you don't mind when your order arrives... (within reason of course) Choose standard delivery and we will despatch your order with the best option for us. This may be APC Overnight, DPD or Royal Mail. You need to allow 2 - 5 days for delivery, and we can post to anywhere in mainland Britain. See below if you are in Highlands and Islands.

Next Week Day delivery for £5.95 to mainland Britain

If you need a guaranteed Next Day delivery then please choose the Next Day delivery option. If you order on a Friday then the delivery will be with you on the following Monday. Please note there are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. You must order before 1pm for your order to be sent to arrive the following working day. If you order after 1pm then your order will be shipped on the next working day.

Important - Highlands and Islands

IF your order contains JUST live worms and is under 2 kilos - whether that’s composting worms, wax worms or mealworms you will have the option in the checkout to choose standard delivery at £3.95. This is because we can use Royal Mail for this service. Otherwise you will see the extra cost options for a courier to deliver your package – please note there is no guaranteed next day service to these areas so please allow extra time and track your package for information.

For Falkirk, Aberdeen Perth Kirkwall Paisley and Inverness Areas (not islands), Isle of Man and Isle of Wight the charge is £14.95


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For Scottish Islands, Outer Hebrides, Kilmarnock area, Paisley area, Chanel Islands and Northern Ireland the charge is £19.95


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