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08-21-2016 08:27 PM
JefeMeansBoss
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How do you clean your beetle boxes without losing eggs, do you wait until you see visible baby worms instead?

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Well I really don't . See, I have a mesh under my Beatle drawer and they drop the eggs to the bottom one I wait for about 2 weeks and the I replace the bottom drawer for a new clean one and don't touch the other one for about another 2 weeks (just keep an eye don't let mold) but when I switch bottom drawer I clean the beetle drawer I might loose some eggs but definitely not as much ... If you have just one bin for everything I would probably strain he beetles out into a new one every month or so just watch the water source not to mold your oats or place them on a small plate.
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08-21-2016 02:39 AM
Bramble How do you clean your beetle boxes without losing eggs, do you wait until you see visible baby worms instead?

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08-19-2016 01:18 AM
Bramble
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Don't get discouraged either on your first batch I was pretty upset I wasn't getting anything but God I'm over growing my storage now(actually thinking about cooking them myself to eat (they are fully organic and I've read they are very nutritious for humans)) idk how you have the set up but when cleaning be careful mealworms eggs are very fragile and break easily and try to move oatmeal around so it doesn't mold, besides that... good luck !
At the moment I have them in small plastic containers (about shoe box size only higher), I put them in a dark room that we don't use often. I still need to do research on cleaning the boxes.

Getting used to the idea of eating them isn't a bad idea if you're a bit of a pepper like I am, especially if you have an abundance of worms. I think I might just look into it too. Then the worms will have many functions: hedgehog treats, chicken snacks, survival food and their poop can be used to fertilize our veggie garden!

Thank you very much for your encouragement!
08-18-2016 11:01 PM
JefeMeansBoss Don't get discouraged either on your first batch I was pretty upset I wasn't getting anything but God I'm over growing my storage now(actually thinking about cooking them myself to eat (they are fully organic and I've read they are very nutritious for humans)) idk how you have the set up but when cleaning be careful mealworms eggs are very fragile and break easily and try to move oatmeal around so it doesn't mold, besides that... good luck !
08-18-2016 07:46 AM
Bramble
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It's better not to put too much vegetable/fruit pieces at the same time, too much moisture causes compaction of the oatmeal bed which is bad for the mealworm.

I like to cut a potato so I get one side with skin and one side open flesh. I'd put the skin side on the oatmeal bed to prevent moisture seeping into the bed. Same thing with carrot.

Keep the tray well ventilated and away from direct sunlight. You'd need to clean the container maybe once a week (there are many youtube vids explaining this part).

Beware of the fine dust (mealworm poop/dung) during cleaning, some people are allergic to the dust/smell (strong ammonia smell).

Good luck with your project.
Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it! I've basically entered into 2 unknown territories at the same time (being a hedgehog parent & mealworm farmer), but will all be worth it in the long run, a happy me and a happy hedgie.

Thanks again!
08-18-2016 06:18 AM
kouros It's better not to put too much vegetable/fruit pieces at the same time, too much moisture causes compaction of the oatmeal bed which is bad for the mealworm.

I like to cut a potato so I get one side with skin and one side open flesh. I'd put the skin side on the oatmeal bed to prevent moisture seeping into the bed. Same thing with carrot.

Keep the tray well ventilated and away from direct sunlight. You'd need to clean the container maybe once a week (there are many youtube vids explaining this part).

Beware of the fine dust (mealworm poop/dung) during cleaning, some people are allergic to the dust/smell (strong ammonia smell).

Good luck with your project.
08-17-2016 09:36 AM
Bramble
Mealworm Farming

So I've just started breeding mealworms for Briar. I bought a box of mealworms from a pet shop and separated them into 2 plastic containers. Worms in one and beetles and pupae into the other. I've added oatmeal, potato, carrot and apple to each container. Any other advice?

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