Wildlife, Birds, Amphibians, Reptile, and Insect Feeds

Why Dried Mealworms Make a Poor Feed

We are often asked if we supply dried mealworms in our bricks and mortar shop, sorry but we don’t, there are very good reasons for this, dried mealworms make a poor feed.
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 (and killed)they have no moisture at all, this is particularly dangerous during the breeding season in wild birds, when fed by the parent birds to chicks this 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.

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