Today my 3,000 count mealworms arrived!
Hubby placed them in their happy bran meal bed, complete with potato slices and slid them next to the red wiggler farm neighbors who are downstairs from them, respectively.
Though they may not be the highlight of my friendly farm tour when company arrives or others searching for how I could be so excited for something better left squirming in grandma’s cornmeal can in a landfill somewhere…it IS very exciting to have a natural food source growing naturally in my coat closet. These squirmy worms pack a mean protein value for my aquaponics fish who are in turn feeding my herbs and vegetables with their dirty poo.
Check out these values:
Dried Mealworm Nutritional Values*
Live Mealworm Nutritional Values*
Pretty exciting considering they wouldn’t necessarily be who you would bring home to mother…unless of course I am your mother and I would be happy to meet them!!
I will grow them for my hens too…happy hens lay happy eggs, unless of course they’re just freeloaders in which case chicken noodles becomes the fast menu add for the weekend.
If in which I become overloaded with mealies (which I highly doubt) I could indeed market them. With mealworms protein values and their potential to become the next apocalyptic emergency food source…seems to me, they’re keepers.
Here are a couple of resources, besides google and the internet in general, I found useful in finding just how simple these guys are to raise, they’re not bad house guests, I am kind of really glad to have them 🙂