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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Superworms vs. Mealworms

Superworm photo from Wikimedia Commons
Will Black Capped Chickadees eat "SUPER WORMS"?  I feed them small meal worms, but I read that the SUPER WORMS have better nutrition, but I wanted to ask the Pro's - via Facebook

According to our Worm Farmer, Superworms are very active and the nutritional value is greater only due to its ½ inch longer length. This larger size and greater activity might give you trouble keeping them in a feeder. Superworms are used mainly for reptile food and tend to cost much more. At the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, we recommend offering livemealworms.

Chickadees at mealworm dish feeder
Great. Thank you for your reply. It's good to know. I have Chickadees out the xyz, and other birds and they are eating me out of house and home LOL... I am going to attempt my hand at raising organic meal worms. I know it may take a while to make it happen - if it happens. But it will be cheaper than the 30.00 a week they are eating now! *gasp* I just thought the super worms would be better for them, but if keeping them in a feed cup is going to be a problem... mealies it is - THANKS AGAIN

It is a thrill when the parents bring their young to the feeder a couple weeks after hatching. However remember offering an unlimited supply of mealworms is NOT recommended, as the nestlings need a varied diet. Mealworms should be used as a supplemental food only, perhaps once or twice a day unless poor weather conditions dictate more frequent feeding. About 15 worms a day per bird or hundred or so worms offered morning and evening would be adequate for parents with a box of nestlings.

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