Back in January, I was so fed up with paying outrages prices for meal worms which I use as treats for my hens. What was I to do? That is when I decided to start my own meal worm farm. My oldest country kid and I set to work with a bowl, some oats and a container of worms. It all seemed simple enough and with those 100 meal worms, we were off and “farming.” To read how we started you can click here.
By the end of January, we were well on our way as our meal worms began to pupate. Oh the joy!!! My little babies were growing up and moving through the stages of life. It was just like my research said it would be! To read about the pupa stage click here.
By March, we were knee deep in Darkling Beetles! Okay, not really knee deep, but we had a wonderful success rate of larva to beetle. Now the fun could start, we had our “breeding stock.” It was time for those beetles to do what they do best…… that’s right, whisper sweet nothings in each others’ ears and make me a lot of little meal worms! And they were busier then a frat house on a Friday night! I was so excited…. this was really working! To read about the beetle stage click here
But then everything came to a screeching halt. We had one baby meal worm… just one! What the heck happened? I had no clue, till some of my blog followers clued me in. I needed to separate my beetles from their bedding, they were laying eggs but they were eating their young! Could it really be that simple? So I went out and got a second container and moved the adult beetles in and gave them new bedding. I then set the original container to the side and waited…….
And low and behold….. we have baby meal worms….. lots of them!!!! Finally we have success! Thank you to everyone who shared your knowledge with me. That one simple piece of advice saved “the farm.”
I also went on the hunt for the perfect three drawer organizer (like you use for crafts) so that I can rotate the beetles and have worms going full time! So if you have gotten to the beetle stage and like me aren’t seeing any worms…. SEPARATE YOUR BEETLES from their bedding! Good luck and happy worm farming my friends!