I know this might be a crazy question, but have any of you ever had any experience with BB’s not being too interested in live mealworms. I have been putting 12 to 15 out in the AM and by then the first set of youngsters must be out hunting their own food, but Mama and Papa with 4 new babies in the nest are here and they never finish eating the worms in the dish. I did not have that happen with the first set of babies, Mama and Papa would gobble them plus the dried ones. In the evening the first set of youngsters return and eat what I put out in the dish but again not so much Mama and Papa. I was wondering if there could be something wrong with the worms, a different taste from what they are being fed, or some strange thing.
Connie, this is strange but I have noticed this also this season. I NEVER had any worms left in the bowl when they were eating in all these years, but this year I have noticed that they will leave a few, although they eventually will come & finish them off in an hour or so. My batch of worms were larger this season than usual but I compensated for this by giving a few less worms. But I NEVER had this happen in the past. Your 12 to 15 worms is really about the right amount for mama, papa & four babies, and really not any too much. Are the ones in the new newborns? If so, they are not fed worms for the first 2 or 3 days. I have noticed that if I wait too long in the morning they do not come immediately like they do about the first 1/2 to 1 hour after sunrise.
That might be the answer, they were only hatched a few days and I didn’t know they didn’t feed them worms for the first few days. I saw Mama put the first set of babies out of the feeder more than once. They were back last night but she took care of that once again, but at least I know the first set are still around and I may get to see them feed their new brothers or sisters if I am lucky. The new babies are a week old now and Mama and Papa seem to be finishing off the worms each day. They also were bigger than the ones I had before.