Why Dried Mealworms Make a Poor Feed

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Why we do not supply Dried Mealworms

We are often asked if we supply dried mealworms, sorry but we don't. Dried mealworms make a poor feed.
There are very good reasons for this. Despite all the claims made about being as nutritionally equal to live mealworms, put simply, they are not.
A very important factor is the moisture content, live Mealworms naturally do not have high levels of moisture compared to, say, earthorms (80%). When they are dried they have no moisture at all, and, when fed by the parent birds to chicks can actually cause dehydration as the dried mealworms absorb the moisture from the chick.
This is the opinion of zoo's that specialise in bird care.