June 11, 2018 at 10:25 pm #6558
First I wanted to tell everyone that the company DBD pet that I ordered my mealworms from (through Amazon) made good on the lousy order I got last year directly from their facility free of charge. Nice to know there are companies that care. Now that I have them I cannot seem to entice either Mama or Papa BB to even try them. I even tried tying a blue ribbon
to the dish and the pole but no luck. Do I have to wait for the eggs to hatch to get any takers? Any advice would be appreciated.
Connie (PA)June 12, 2018 at 8:39 am #6560
Connie, is their mealworm dish in a good location – can they see it from their box? How long has it been since you had any worms to feed them? Usually once they “get a taste” they are hooked. It might take a little time & effort but they will eat once they find them. I’d be interested about your “lousy order”. There are several different worm suppliers around, and they all (I believe) will guarantee a live delivery as long as you are home (or have a hold & call at post office) for delivery. Where there perks to ordering from a 2nd or 3rd party supplier like Amazon?June 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm #6570
It just takes time as Carol said. Put it under wherever they perch. So they can look down and see it. PLace it on a plant stand or something. Put them in some sort of shallow bowl or plate, white or clear so they can see the worms easily.
TammyJune 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm #6571
A pie plate might work.
TammyJune 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm #6579
Carol, yes I have the mealworms close to where the box is. I have a clear dish with them in and even tried a white one. I only put a few in at a time and today I saw Papa sitting on the clothes line T pole a lot so I put them in a dish on the cement base underneath and I think Mama might have gone down and took one, but Papa ignored it completely. After a while the worms just die. I think I will wait till the eggs hatch and then see if I have any greater success.
About the mealworm order, I wrote a bad review on Amazon last year because when they arrived and I was here to get the order (the mailman even commented on the smell and ask me if I had a lizard) half of them were dead. I got a call sometime later and the guy from Customer Service offered to send me more. I told him my Bluebirds were gone and maybe if I got a pair this year I would take him up on the offer, and I did. No perks to ordering that way, just didn’t know where to go to get them, so took a chance on Amazon.
Connie (PA)June 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm #6660
I love Rainbow Mealworms. Try like you said to offer it when there are babies. I’m not sure why yours aren’t finding them.
TammyJuly 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm #6744mspattParticipant
Hi Connie, I know I am responding to a post of a month ago, but in my defense I am new here. The thing I wanted to tell you is that my husband has about 18 aquariums and most of the aquarium stores sell live mealworms. But better call first just to make sure.July 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm #6747
Thanks Mspatt, we have no aquarium stores close by unfortunately, not even a pet store unless I travel 40 or more miles. I mail ordered my last ones and they are running out and I really don’t want that to happen, since I am hoping they will bring their off spring back to feed once they fledge. That would be a real treat.
Connie (PA)July 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm #6770
Sassy, really consider looking into Rainbow Mealworms. I know they are far away at least they are for me but they get here quick and I’ve had a really good quality mealworms from them.
TammyJuly 8, 2018 at 5:49 pm #6773
By the time I read your post I had already ordered the mealworms. I should get them tomorrow, hopefully. Next time if I am successful in getting BB’s to take up residence here I will give the rainbow mealworms a try. I did see them advertised, but was not sure they were the same as the regular mealworms.
Thanks for the heads up.
Connie (PA)July 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm #6783MaybelleParticipant
Rainbow Mealworms is my supplier. In fact an order of 5,000 is expected this week. I have a tiny refrigerator in the garage where they hang out until needed. Not sure I should have ordered that many, but they do keep a long time. At present I think there are two adults and five fledglings that are staying around at our place. And in our neighbor’s field where we have also set up a box, there are potentially 3 fledglings and the adult pair, plus she is now incubating 4 eggs.
At my daughter’s nearby home, there are more to feed if I could ever convince them to give those delicacies a try. So far the blues at that location turn up their beaks.
Willamette Valley, OregonJuly 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm #6784
Cari I don’t think you will have any problem using up those 5,000 Rainbow Mealworms with that many Blues around. My 6 fledged, 5 on Sat. and one on Sunday. I know the adults are still around, they come when I whistle. I have not seen any of the babies but I did hear one chirping for food today. I have no idea how long it will be before they come out of the trees, but I hope I am here to see it. I am also hoping they will build another nest and have another family this summer.
I have some dried mealworms here that I bought when I first had a pair of bluebirds take up residence here, and this pair does eat them from time to time. I guess it depends on how hungry they and the babies are.
Connie (PA)July 11, 2018 at 7:12 am #6786
Cari, in case of confusion, “Rainbow” is just the name of the company – they ARE NOT the type of mealworm. Your comment about them “being the same as regular mealworms” made me think you might have this misconception.
There are several different good worm companies – I use Grubco and Nature’s Way, both out of Ohio just because they are closer to me and shipping is not quite so expensive. I believe almost all of them guarantee live delivery =- my last delivery of 10,000 had lots of dead worms (because of the heat I think) and they have given me a credit for when I want them delivered. That won’t be this week or probably even next week as we are in the middle of a very bad, long heat wave, with index over 100 degrees for almost 2 weeks.July 11, 2018 at 11:14 am #6787MaybelleParticipant
Carol, I have scoured through my post and cannot for the life of me find the quote “being the same as regular mealworms” anywhere. Is it lost or am I losing my mind? And yes, Rainbow Mealworms is the company name.
Willamette Valley, OregonJuly 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm #6789
Sorry, Cari, this quote was from “Sassy” or Connie who started this thread about mealworms. Connie, hope you read this as my previous post about being confused about “Rainbow” worms was for you. They are just standard mealwords, not Rainbow colored! (thought you sounded confused about them)
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