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 Post subject: Re: Meal Worms
PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:10 am 
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I spent some time friday night watching a mealworm turn into a pupa.

lol. yeah maybe i need more of a social life! But it was interesting.
and i've been nerdier - watched a mumma slug once for 4 hours birthing bubba slugs!

So we have over 50 pupae. pupae excitement contained.

now awaiting the beetle stage.

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 Post subject: Re: Meal Worms
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:02 pm 
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This post has been a God sent :) We have got a decent setup happening too, and Hubby spent about 20 minutes watching a pupae hatching into a beetle.
We love our mealies :)

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 Post subject: Re:substrate
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:39 pm 
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Hi,
I think I've already posted this question in the wrong place, so will do so here.Hi,
Could anyone tell me why it appears that anyone adding milk powder to the substrate, uses skim?
What would be a negative for full cream?
thanks, Jacqui


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Hi Jacqui - no your question wasn't in the wrong place (and this is a good place too!). Hopefully someone will come along to answer it (I have no idea being turned off by all things wormy, so stay right away form them!)

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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:58 am 
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Hi Nelly
I've never touched earthworms, caterpillars or silkworms (they pulsate), but have no problem with mealworms. Maybe the six little legs make a difference...I don't know!
Thanks for your encouragement regarding a reply.
Jacqui


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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:35 pm 
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Thanks to this thread, I am growing my own mealworms at the moment!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:14 pm 
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lenjac wrote:
Hi,
I think I've already posted this question in the wrong place, so will do so here.Hi,
Could anyone tell me why it appears that anyone adding milk powder to the substrate, uses skim?
What would be a negative for full cream?
thanks, Jacqui

I got curious when I saw your question so tried to find the answer but google didn't really bring up any useful results. So I decided to email Martyn's Mealworms and he said there is no reason why you can't use full cream milk powder. Skim milk powder would be used if you wanted to reduce the fat/calories in their diet whilst still providing them with a high source of protein.


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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:22 am 
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Thanks Azira,
I googled also, to no avail.
Much appreciated answer!
Jacqui


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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:26 pm 
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Are you folk saying to put milk powder in the bran for the meal worms?
Have you given them potato? I used to slice it with the skins on and feed it to them.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:29 pm 
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Duckie wrote:
Are you folk saying to put milk powder in the bran for the meal worms?

Yeah. Apparently a 3:1 or 2:1 ratio of bran to skim milk powder improves growth and productivity than bran alone.


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Thank you for that. Very interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
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I've been breeding mealies for 5 yrs now and notice that after awhile the bran starts to take on a strong ammonia smell as the mealies eat through it. The residue is dark grey smelly and damp and went on the compost today as I cleaned out.

I am experimenting now with less bran, a lot of scrunched up newspaper (a la Martyn's Mealworms style! -previously used paper towel) with the banana skin for moisture on top of the newspaper.

Will see how this goes and report back.


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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
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My instructions that I am using, say to put half an apple, skin side down in the middle for moisture. The worms have been eating it, is this normal?
They have bran and layer mash as their food source.


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