Our live Mealworms at Fluker Farms are the highest quality that your pets will ever have the pleasure of tasting! It's bird watching season and cardinals, blue birds, and many others love feeding on live mealworms. Yellow mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, are believed to have originated in the mountainous regions of Iran and Northern India and migrated into Europe during biblical times. Since then mealworms were introduced into the United States around the time of the Revolutionary War. As early as the 1800's, mealworms were already being raised as a food for pets, especially birds. Today Fluker Cricket Farm is a premiere supplier of the best mealworms available. Cheap online prices with shipping Monday - Thursday including our Live Delivery Guarantee. Buy Mealworms from Fluker Farms online today and get them shipped directly to your door!
- Fluker's Mealworms will approximately be between 1/2" - 3/4" long
- High in protein
- 250 - 1,000 counts
- Watch blue birds and other wildlife feeding on live healthy mealworms
We Guarantee Live Delivery of your insect order with some limitations. We will not ship any live insects to areas with a low temperature below 16 degrees Fahrenheit. If you place an order and the temperatures are below 16 or are expected to be below 16 during transit then we will hold your order for better shipping conditions. If it's determined that conditions will not improve within 7 business days, we reserve the right to cancel the order and issue a full refund. Should you experience a problem we will issue a credit at our discretion for the percentage of your loss. You have 3 business days from receipt of your order to report a loss. Please report all claims promptly. Claims made after the 3 business day notification window may not be honored.
Caring for your Mealworms:
A one thousand count bulk of mealworms can be kept in a large plastic container, with air holes in the top. You should cover the mealworms with a thick layer of wheat middling, oat meal, or Fluker's mealworm bedding to provide bedding and a food source. Mealworms are relatively easy to keep and provide excellent nutrition for your pets. Upon arrival, place them in a refrigerator set at 45°F until ready for use. When you are ready to use them, remove the desired amount and leave at room temperature until they become active, roughly 24 hours before feeding to your animal. If you plan to keep the mealworms for longer than two weeks, remove them from the refrigerator and let them become active. Once they become active, place a slice of potato on the top of the bedding to provide moisture, and let them sit for 24 hours. Then, place them back in the refrigerator.
Q. What birds eat mealworms?
A. Some people think that if you don't have bluebirds, there's no reason to feed mealworms. But even if you don't have the right habitat for bluebirds, many other birds will enjoy them, including some of our most beloved feeder birds. We've had chickadees nuthatches, and titmice eat mealworms from the feeders at our house. Other birds that eat mealworms regularly include wrens, orioles, woodpeckers, and some warblers, like the Pine Warbler.
Q. How do I serve mealworms to the birds?
A. Put mealworms in a feeder visible and accessible to the birds. For birds that are not routinely at your feeder (orioles, bluebirds, robins), put the feeder near where you have seen them feeding or perching. Common feeder birds will eat mealworms right at their regular feeding station. Because mealworms can crawl, it is best to place them in a feeder where they cannot crawl out: a cup-type feeder with smooth sides that are more than 1" high. A tray or platform feeder can also be used, but make sure it has sides so the mealworms don't crawl out.
Q. Do roasted or dried mealworms work as well as live mealworms?
A. Frankly, no. I won't say that birds will never eat dead, dried-out mealworms, but I can say that fresh, live mealworms will ALWAYS be preferred over dried or roasted or canned mealworms.
Q. What fun behavior can I look for if I feed mealworms to the birds?
A. Look for parent birds taking a mouthful of mealworms back to the nest or nest box to feed to their nestlings. After the young leave the nest, watch for parent birds feeding mealworms to their fledglings, as they cry and wing quiver in a tree. Watch juvenile birds approach a mealworm feeder on their own, helping themselves to the food for the first few times in their life! Bluebirds will become accustomed to you feeding mealworms and will wait nearby as you fill the feeder, and swoop in as soon as you've left.
Q. How do you keep mealworms?
A. Our mealworms are shipped in regular boxes and therefore need to be transferred to a plastic container with small holes. Any kind of bran or meal should be added to the plastic container for bedding and food. They can be kept for weeks at 40 - 50 degrees F in the refrigerator. Lower temperatures can kill them. They will be slow moving when they are in the fridge. About every two weeks or so, pull the container out of the fridge, add a few small chunks of carrot or potato, which they will consume as a source of moisture. At the end of the day, remove any remaining carrot or potato, replace the cover, and put them back in the fridge. When buying mealworms, make it your last stop on the way home. Leaving mealworms in a warm or hot car for hours can kill them. You can get a lot of enjoyment from watching birds eat mealworms, and the mealworms are quite a treat for the birds!