LIVE Mealworms - Our LIVE mealworms will be a welcome addition to your bird table / feeder, as birds love them. A birds energy requirements are fairly even throughout the year, so it is recommended by the RSPB that we feed birds ALL YEAR ROUND :-
- In the winter - With the ground frozen it is important to feed our wild birds as it is difficult for them to dig for worms and other live food PLUS they need extra food to provide energy, so they can keep warm.
- In the spring and summer as birds need energy for breeding and for the annual moult which follows.
- In the breeding season, so the adults can take them back to their nests to help feed their chicks.
- In the autumn - as birds need energy to prepare for winter plus many birds arrive hungry after migrating.
Mealworms - are high in fat and protein and are ideal for feeding to birds all year round. They are odourless, easy to feed and can be stored for up to 3 weeks anywhere cool i.e. shed, garage or bottom of the fridge. Once the birds learn that live food is regularly available you should see many different ones coming to your table. No longer available from Green Gardener
Why feed live food - Protein is necessary in the diet of all wild birds for growth and development and one of the best protein sources is live food. The loss of hedgerows, copses and woodland through intensive farming has seen a continuing decline in live food such as worms, larvae and beetles. Offering live food like mealworms is very important for a whole range of birds from robins and blackbirds, to the less common woodpeckers, wrens and the family of tits. Mealworms are packed within breathable tubs with tight fitting lids, which ensures the mealworms stay healthy, fresh and ready to feed your feathered friends for up to 3 weeks. Simply tip some of the meaworms into a feeder or shallow dish on your bird table and keep the rest somewhere cool i.e. in the bottom of the fridge.
Mealworms - They are the larvae of the flour beetle, a harmless beetle which consumes flour, meal, grain and other related crops and is found naturally in the wild in the UK and are our best selling live bird food. Their smooth, shiny wormlike bodies are made up of over 48% crude protein and 40% fat and have a high moisture content making them an excellent, proven food for insect- eating garden birds. The mealworm diet is vegetarian, which means they are safe to feed to birds and chicks without passing on diseases ,which may be present in meat fed larvae such as maggots. Supplied in tubs containing 200g of mealworms they will keep for up to 3 weeks if kept somewhere cool.
"I shall have to start rationing the mealworms! I've got goldfinches, chaffinches, green finches, blue tits (nesting) great tits (nesting) robins, blackbirds, starlings, crows, pigeons, collar doves and wrens visiting and my neighbours are delighted at the range they're getting too now!" Thank you very much Ruth Selby
"As I am writing to you, I can hear the robin on the feeder gobbling the meal worms. There are also blue tits and I noice that one delicately picks up a meal worm in the claw, eats half and then the other half - very polite!" Regards Susan Walke
"I have ordered a concurrent series of live mealworms - cannot keep up with the demand in my garden. When I get up in the morning the robin sometimes taps on the window to hurry me up with the breakfast. Thanks very much for your excellent service" Susan Walker by email