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Old 05-22-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Scream away MovingBack2PA!!!!

The way I snuggle with them....pick up a handful of them and close my hand (lightly) around them. I can feel them wiggling all over the place. Their smooth shells make it feel very soft......is that a form of snuggling??? It is also really cool when I give them a piece of apple and then put my ear up close to them. You can hear them munching on the apple!

Really, I am not weird....just a bored house wife!!
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:42 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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Scream away MovingBack2PA!!!!

The way I snuggle with them....pick up a handful of them and close my hand (lightly) around them. I can feel them wiggling all over the place. Their smooth shells make it feel very soft......is that a form of snuggling??? It is also really cool when I give them a piece of apple and then put my ear up close to them. You can hear them munching on the apple!

Really, I am not weird....just a bored house wife!!
AWWWWWWWWWWW.....you are truly killing me,and remind me so much of my mom. She does that too...feed em and all........awwwwwwww. LOL
I guess, it could always be worse, and no...I don't think you are weird
In this day in age, it takes a LOT to call someone "weird"....LOL
You sound pretty much VERY normal to me.......(But, others would argue and calling me a bit "nutty")....LOL
Keep the humor, and please keep you spirit...you are so funny
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:26 PM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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OK. So I went out and got 500 mealworms. No, I didn't count them, but they assured me in the store that somebody did. $8 plus for a little tub the size of a margarine container, and only half full with bran and worms. You really should go into the business. Anyway, back to the topic.

And NO, I'm not going to snuggle with them!!!!!

I got them for my new mamma bluebird and her soon to be fledglings. However, I don't have the right feeder, but even when I do get one, where do I put it? can it hang close by? The birdhouse is about 15 feet from my screened porch. Can I hang the worm feeder on the porch, in place of the regular feeder? Or, will this cause all the other birds to eat the worms first?
Also, will the worms be able to take the sun, or will they just fry in the heat?
Should they be hung in shade?

Thanks, mealworm lady. Or anyone else who can answer the question - maybe someone who has experience with bluebirds?
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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I just typed a whole bunch and then lost it!!!!! I will try again!!!
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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I will try point form this time.

Do you have a picture of your feeder? I don't think I have seen a bird feeder that can hold mealworms.
Feed meal worms in a shallow dish. High enough so the worms won't crawl over the edge.
Other birds and squirrels will most likely eat them.
My cat likes them as well. (Climbs in with my beardie to steal them!)
Sun will cook them if they are in a container.
Any warmth will make them pupate faster.
Store the worms in the fridge to slow pupation.
For healthier worms place in a larger container with a chunk of apple or potato. (I actually give mine lots of different fruits and veg. along with whole grain bred dampened in water. Much healthier for my critters!)
Make sure there is enough bran that they can all hide comfortably in it.

That should keep your worms happy and healthy!
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:06 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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I will try point form this time.

Do you have a picture of your feeder? I don't think I have seen a bird feeder that can hold mealworms.
Feed meal worms in a shallow dish. High enough so the worms won't crawl over the edge.
Other birds and squirrels will most likely eat them.
My cat likes them as well. (Climbs in with my beardie to steal them!)
Sun will cook them if they are in a container.
Any warmth will make them pupate faster.
Store the worms in the fridge to slow pupation.
For healthier worms place in a larger container with a chunk of apple or potato. (I actually give mine lots of different fruits and veg. along with whole grain bred dampened in water. Much healthier for my critters!)
Make sure there is enough bran that they can all hide comfortably in it.

That should keep your worms happy and healthy!
Thanks for all the good pointers! I didn't buy the feeder at the store since it was quite pricey ($30). I may end up getting it, but I thought I could get by with something I rig up myself. Right now I'm using a small bowl. They told me at the Birds Unltd store that mealworms can't crawl up a smooth surface, so they won't crawl out of the bowl. I would like to be able to hang it, though, as I don't want my dogs to eat them! Yuk. (If you know labs, they will eat anything). I'll make sure the dish is in the shade.
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