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mum just came home with my first meal worms (25g.)
now i'm off to set up my first meal worm colony.
thanks for the heads up. now mabe the chooks will have enough protein.

the lady in the shop said that small meal worms can eat lizards from the insides out... is this true?? is it safe for young chooks??

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Hi Kiddo,

No. Mealworms will not eat the insides out of lizards (or chickens). The digestive juices will quickly overcome the mealworm.

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i have my first pupae already!!
how long can i expect it to take before i have beetles??
i just have 2 25g plastic tubs at the moment and want to know when to set up.
thanks shannon

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Okay, so i was just cleaning out the bottom of our budgie avairy, and i think i found a meal worm and a few beetles?! :o

I realise i have seen them before.
We used to have quails in that avairy, so they kept the floor pretty clear. But since our last quail got nicked, the old seed husks etc just build up.

The worm i am pretty sure is a mealie, he looks like your pics and i now remember them from school experiments :?
But i just want to confirm the beetle, is the beetle.
He is a bit smaller than our average garden beetle, and flat rather than rounded. And he's not shiny.
Is that a meal worm beetle.. what was it, a darkling?

I saw two other beetles but they managed to hide and i lost them completely, i did not find a single other worm (weird?!) but i found a few skins?

So what do you reckon...
a - do i have my own 'wild' meal worms?
and b - do you reckon i could start my own colony from one worm and one beetle?
:lol:

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Sammiiz,

As long as that one worm turns into a beetle and that one beetle is the opposite gender to the one you have captured....you're on a winner :)

J

PS: But yes I would say you have stumbled on a "wild" mealie of some description and yes they are a darkling beetle. If everything goes well you could be in the running for a wildlife award for bringing them back from certain extinction....in your quail aviary at least.

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WOO HOO!

:lol: Go me!

*runs outside to go hunting for more* :oops: :roll:


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Sammiiz,

Here they are; The beatles: Ringo, John, Paul and George (Tenebrio molitor)
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They're pretty ugly close up. The brownie coloured one is younger.

I have heard of them colonising by themselves in avaries.

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Great, thank you for that.

:lol: This poor tormented beetle, just got pulled out of his container and held up to the computer screen for comparison... as if being dug out of his avairy home was not enough trauma for one day?! :roll:

Awesome, now i am just going to be on the hunt for more, so i might be able to start something here... its weird, theres just no other ones in there :?

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WOO HOO !!!

I have pupae ! Finally !

Thought I only had a couple but on digging around in the box found heaps.

They are just like my hubby on a Sunday - lying around doing nothing !

My kids think i'm weird but i'm having a great time with them.

Next stage - beetles !!


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WOO HOO !!!

I have pupae ! Finally !

Thought I only had a couple but on digging around in the box found heaps.

They are just like my hubby on a Sunday - lying around doing nothing !

My kids think i'm weird but i'm having a great time with them.

Next stage - beetles !!


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Du-Ann-Bay wrote:
WOO HOO !!!

I have pupae ! Finally ! ...

i'm having a great time with them.

Next stage - beetles !!


Me too - 1st pupae today! :)


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Cost me $10.50 for 100 gms :shock: !

DH is disturbed, to say the least, at an ice cream container on the kitchen bench with my 'mealies' in it! :lol:

Can't help checking them out every time I walk in the kitchen, so they are high on the list of time-wasting priorities! Of course, the ducks and chookens rank equal 1st!

Waiting for that pupae!

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First beetles appeared yesterday :) - exactly 1 week after first pupae.

Yes Quackers - that's about the going rate for meal worms - mine were $10.40 for 100g from a large pet shop, smaller tubs were relatively more expensive. In the local aquarium shop they sell 10g for $3.


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Ok, so my wild mealies got destroyed by mice :(
They were in containers on a shelf in the garage, i had a reasonable number of six worms and four beetles (woot! :roll: ) and a mouse managed to push the container of the shelf, so it budged the lid, then ate through plastic a bit to fit in and eat the grain and no more bugs for me and and and :cry:


So i bit the bullet and went and bought some.

But these guys are huge!! :shock: King Mealworms??
Is that what you all have?
Either way, they are like three or four times the size of my wild mealies!

But i have them now, so on the wait for pupae.
Yay!!


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Hi all I've had my meal worms for about three weeks and they are all fat and juicy( been feeding one or two to my chooks now and again) and I'm wondering when they will pupate. I been saving most to be breeding stock. Will cooler weather slow their growing/ pupating/ and emerging /breeding cycle ?
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