Mealworms...

bry12345

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I just got my first order of 1000 mealworms from rainbow mealworms. I've got them in a plastic container with Great Value whole grain oats and some potato cuts. I have a few questions...

1) Getting them into the container was a real chore. What's the easiest/fastest/best way to get them out of the bag and the newspaper?

2) When I change out these oats in a month, how exactly do I separate the worms from the oats?
 

acpart

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1. transferring the mealworms: get a big plastic bin. Take out the newspaper and smooth it into the bin, shaking off mealworms as you go. Turn the bag inside out and brush off the mealworms. It's a pain in the neck, only not the neck. Then you can pour the bin of mealworms into your smaller container. I also put the bin on some spread out newspaper in case some of the worms fall out of the bin

2. separating worms: your best bet is to use your blender to pulverize the oats, otherwise you're going to be hand-picking mealworms out. With powdered bedding, you can use a sifter. I find no need to change out the bedding. Eventually, though, the powdered bedding becomes all powdered mealworm droppings and then I sift out the mealworms and discard the droppings.

Aliza
 

bry12345

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1. transferring the mealworms: get a big plastic bin. Take out the newspaper and smooth it into the bin, shaking off mealworms as you go. Turn the bag inside out and brush off the mealworms. It's a pain in the neck, only not the neck. Then you can pour the bin of mealworms into your smaller container. I also put the bin on some spread out newspaper in case some of the worms fall out of the bin

2. separating worms: your best bet is to use your blender to pulverize the oats, otherwise you're going to be hand-picking mealworms out. With powdered bedding, you can use a sifter. I find no need to change out the bedding. Eventually, though, the powdered bedding becomes all powdered mealworm droppings and then I sift out the mealworms and discard the droppings.

Aliza

Thanks, Aliza!

I have another question. So far, I've been feeding him every day since he's still a baby. However, how much should I be? I've been giving 15 dusted mealies once a day. Sometimes he'll eat them all, other times there will be two or three left in the container.
 

acpart

Geck-cessories
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With mealworms it's not a problem to just leave them in the dish for snacking. I usually have extras in there for my juvies.

Aliza
 

strhunter2

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for my mealworms i use corn meal and corn grits instead of oats then i made a sifter from craft mesh... its like a plastic mesh, and it makes cleanup soooo much easier
 

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