Monday, March 14, 2011
There are many great sites on the how and why of mealworm raising, but I wanted to let you know what we do at the Kingdom Arrow's house. This is actually my second time of raising them, last year they were growing and multiplying like crazy, but my daughter became ill and I had to cut everything extra out, so I threw them out even after the mealworms had become beetles.
Last year I forgot to tell him they were there and when he went to get out the wrapping paper, he had quite a shock. He made me promise to always forewarn him in the future!
What the little guys do at this point is molt and grow and eat. After a few months they will molt into little black beetles, which is when they lay their little eggs. After a few weeks, the beetles will die, and you just fish them out. Be sure NOT TO THROW OUT your oats, since the eggs are in there.
Don't start feeding the birds from your stock for at least 3 months, otherwise you will be using up your main reproducing army. After about 4-6 months, you will need to throw out your oat mixture and wash out your box. They do produce a stinking ammonia waste, but just transfer the guys to a clean home and keep going.