We give our girls meal worms as a treat every now and then. We get them from the local pet store at almost $3.00 for 100. The girls love them, they are like crack for chickens. The protein is great for them. But, Goldy alone could down 100 in less then 5 seconds. I can not afford that kind of treat on a regular bases. Alas, what is a chicken mama to do!?!? And that is when I thought, hey, lets try growing our own meal worms.
So here they are, our new "livestock" right after they were put in the "farm." My son was so excited to watch them as they all quickly vanished into the oatmeal. My hubby was creeped out the way the oatmeal was wiggling. We sat and watched our worms for a while. Now I don't know how long they had been in that black container at the pet store but with in a few minutes they all started to go to the carrots! Were they hungry and thirsty? Yup! I had read online the carrot would last about a week and then need to be replaced. WRONG!!! These guys were starving and the carrot was all but gone the next day.
So now we wait. How long? Not sure! I do not know how old our worms were when we got them. But, sooner or later they will start turning into beetles. Once we have beetles the fun begins! Egg production, baby meal worms, food for our hens. I am so excited. I so hope this works. But if not, we are only out $5. We have already learned so much and are enjoying watching our new "livestock." I would say it was well spent money either way.
I look forward to updating you all if and when we get beetles and babies!!!