In most supermarkets and garden centers is extremely easy to see a tub of dried mealworms. To find some live wrigglers, you may have to go out of your way and have them ordered. Do birds have a preference and what should you pick for your garden? Les find out.
The price of a tub of live or dried mealworms in often quite similar. Whether you buy one or the other depends upon how easy it’s to locate mealworms, and your ick factor when it comes to placing your hands in a tub of wriggling mealworms or the notion of them squirming around somewhere on your house. It just comes down to your preferences, but I have some hints learned.
Birds dot really like solid, dried mealworms. It’s rare that birds will eat dried mealworms put out straight from the plastic pot. Understandably, when a bird is used to wriggling, soft worms it does really know what to do with this foreign, rock-hard substance. Mixing pieces of these with homemade suet is a superb way to provide the birds a source of protein in a form they understand how to eat. Another idea for creating your dried worms edible is to soak them in boiling water, either for one hour or by pouring it on the worms for a minute to soften them up slightly before you put them out. Тhіs іnсrеаsеs уоur сhаnсеs оf thе bіrds еаtіng уоur mеаlwоrms drаmаtісаllу; аs thе sоftеnеd wоrms hаvе а tехturе аnd lооk fоr mоrе sіmіlаr tо thе оnеs thе bіrd’s peck at themselves in the wild.
I have the most success with using live worms myself. The movement is far more likely to grab a birds eye when it flutters around your garden, and as wild creatures, they feel more comfortable eating food that’s known and natural to them. If more likely to feed live mealworms to your birds is best to put out as much as you can quite regularly. If you do plan on looking after mealworms, they may die and start to rot, which could disease another mealworm and become a hazard to the birds. Most people likely dot like the concept of a bathtub of live worms sitting in their house for a period either.
The best time to feed these your birds will be winter or the nesting season. The mealworms are full of protein and calories, which is very important for body temperature regulation, and you will be supplying bird parents with easy access tо а nаturаl fооd sоurсе thеу соuld fееd thеіr сhісks.