Mealworms for Birds
Mealworms are not actually worms as the name suggests, but rather the larvae of Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle. Garden birds naturally eat insects, so by providing mealworms, you are supplementing their diet with a fantastic source of protein. You can choose from feeding live mealworms or freeze dried mealworms.Read More
Dried mealworms are a convenient way to offer them to your birds if you prefer not to handle live mealworms. They can be provided for your birds either straight, in Ark Hearty™ Mealworm Mix, Ark Summer Support Mix or Ark Suet Balls. You can also offer a mix of live and dried mealworms.
Live mealworms are particularly beneficial because they have a high moisture content. This is especially vital for chicks and fledglings who are wholly dependent on getting enough hydration through the food provided by their parents. Live mealworms will keep for up to 7-days in a cool environment and you can keep them longer by providing Ark` Mealworm Food or refrigeration.
Mealworms should not be fed to hedgehogs as they can become addicted to them with potential health consequences, see our blog on Metabolic Bone Disease.
Which of my garden birds will eat mealworms?
Mealworms will be enjoyed by a variety of different birds in your garden, including:
- Blue tits
- Great tit
- Song thrushes
What type bird feeder can I can use for mealworms?
When feeding your garden birds mealworms, you need to think about the type of bird feeder you use – one in which live mealworms can’t escape and the birds can easily access and see the mealworms.
Our Suet and Mealworm Guardian Feeder allows small birds to eat mealworms, while keeping larger animals out, including starlings and jackdaws. Our Live Food Feeders have a deep tray so that live mealworms are contained. Take a look at our range of feeders online, but if you are unsure, just give our team a call on the number below.
Wild birds need water as much as food, for drinking and bathing. We always recommend putting fresh clean water out every day of the year.
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We love to chat to our customers, if you want to know more about how your garden birds can benefit from mealworms or our vast array of different bird food, give us a call on freephone: 0800 085 4865.