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Easy meal worm farming

 
Charli Wilson
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Location: Derbyshire, UK
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So I've been breeding meal worms to feed to my chickens and my neighbours pet reptiles. I find that following the 'standard' instructions takes too much of my time is fiddley.

Standard instructions:
- put meal worms on wheat bran
- as they pupate pick them out put them in a new container
- as they hatch put the beetles in another container, wait a fortnight for them to lay eggs- then harvest the beetles (which involves picking beetles out, putting them in another container, then they go in the freezer until they need feeding to things)
- leave the containers of eggs until meal worms hatch
- repeat!

I seem to spend a long time with a plastic spoon picking out pupae or beetles! And I was trying to think of ways to make it easier. Any things for me to try? How do you work with mealworms?

One idea was for me to find a usefully sized sieve, then to separate beetles from egg and substrate- sieve them out! Substrate goes to await hatching, beetles go to the freezer.
 
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