After another request i will start this thread about growing mealworms. It may sound strange, but I really enjoy raising mealworms. I have been growing worms for many years. Recently, I got my best crop so far.I wanted to tell you about my success and, hopefully, encourage others to give worm farming a try. I found that raising worms in clear plastic tubs filled with bran works well. I buy my bran cheap from foodstore. I like the tubs from Wilko because they are very clear, have a good depth and a lid 16Lts.( i started with smaller ) The other necessary supplies are mealworms, potatoes, carrots, apples, and yams.
To begin your own farm, you will need to get some live worms. You just need to find someone with a mealworm farm or try pet shops. Next, fill your tub with about six to eight inches of bran.( i did start with only a few inches )
After your farm is prepared, it is time to add the food. The worms will get their nutrition and hydration from the fruits and veggies that you provide. Their main diet needs to begin with raw potatoes sliced in half. This is where they will feed and turn into pupae. The potatoes need to be placed, cut side down, on top of the bran.
They will seek out the potatoes and begin to feed or they may just eat the bran. Soon, they will turn into pupae and then beetles (straw coloured at first but they will turn black) mate then lay eggs and then die. I remove the dead ones from the surface without disturbing the potatoes as the old ones begin to shrivel. Do not remove the shriveled potato pieces. This is where your hatchlings will be. After about a week, gently look underneath the oldest potatoes. You should see very tiny worms. Unless you began your farm in order to get hundreds of wiggly little pets, it will soon be time to harvest. Prior to using you worms as food for other creatures, they need to be "gut loaded". This will make them more nutritious. This is done by offering other food besides the potatoes, such as apples, carrots, and yams. Be sure to remove any uneaten pieces often to prevent mold from entering your farm.It is important not to over harvest your first crop if you wish to continue farming. As the worms mature, they will begin to look like little shrimp. This happens before they morph into beetles. The whole process only takes a few weeks. Ideally, you may want to set up more than one tub in order to maintain a large supply of worms. Two colonies will also provide you with many sizes of worms to choose from. Unless you are a bug wimp, growing meal worms can be easy and fun. It will also save money and provide you with a convenient and nutritious supply of worms. Deciding how many worms to harvest and how many to let continue their life cycle will depend on your rate of usage. You may need to experiment a little in order to raise the correct number of worms for your needs. The rewards of being a mealworm farmer are worth a little trial and error. Any questions then please ask.