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Dried Mealworms A Superfood For Feeding Wild Birds

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We discussed in our previous blog what wild birds like to eat. For the majority of the year that’s all fine but what about feeding birds in winter? The ground is often hard due to cold weather or even iced over or covered with snow. Also the fact that homeowners use insecticides means that some of the natural occuring foods like slugs aren’t available any time of the year either.

As a solution the homeowner can offer dried mealworms for birds from a feeder, a bird table or even scattered on the ground. Rather than processed seeds and nuts these are a more natural food stuff that birds would normally forage for in the ground and hedges with their beaks.

What Birds Eat Mealworms?

Lots of species of wild birds love to nourish on mealworms both natural and shop bought. The bonus of having a tub of them means you can scatter them on yor garden as and when in order to encourage the return visit of many types of bird. Most birds will eat them but they are very popular with the following kind of birds;

  • Robins
  • Thrushes
  • Wrens
  • Bluebirds
  • Starlings
  • Dunnocks
  • Blackbirds
  • Jays
  • Tits
  • Woodpeckers

So if you want to encourage these types of birds in your garden consider offering dried mealworms for birds as a treat. Of course if you have a cat perhaps put them in a feeder or up high on a cat and squirrel proof bird table.

As well as wild birds mealworms are a protein rich snack for poultry, hedgehogs, fish and reptiles. They provide essential vitamins and minerals for these creatures and are also tasty. Indeed mealworms are also safe for human consumption.

Facts About Mealworms

Here are a few mealworm facts;

  • Mealworms are the larval form of the darkling beetle – that is before they turn into a beetle
  • The darkling beetle is a prolific breeder with the female laying around 500 eggs at any one time
  • Eggs can hatch within 19 days
  • For human consumption mealworms are fed on oats, bran or grains

How To Feed Dried Mealworms For Birds

Feeding mealworms to birds couldn’t be easier. Simply get yourself a decent sized tub or packet and scatter them on your garden. Though be warned you may also get visits from local hedgehogs should you put them low on the ground, they love them too. A feeder preferably in open space is the best bet if you only want to encourage wild birds to your garden.¬†Also try to feed at the same time each day, birds are intelligent creatures and will be waiting for you!

Tubs of dried mealworms for birds are available all over. Love Your Pet UK also have their own brand available on Amazon.

 


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