a bluebird enjoying live mealworms from wheaton mountain farm in maine

Mealworms Grown in Maine

Have you purchased bulk dried mealworms? You might have noticed they are often imported from overseas. Shipping products long distances is hard on our planet and local economy. Consider purchasing mealworms grown in Maine on our small family farm in Bucksport. We meet folks locally and ship nationally.

See our shop to purchase mealworms by clicking HERE.

When I bought my first mealworms on Amazon, I realized they had been shipped from China. I was surprised that we are importing insects to feed our pets from the other side of the world. That’s when I purchased 1000 mealworms from a US-based mealworm farm and started my own colony.

As an established poultry breeder, I knew a lot of folks that fed their chickens mealworms. I knew right away that I wanted to offer mealworms grown in Maine.

Our mealworms grown in Maine are great for:

  • Poultry treats
  • Fishing
  • Reptile feed
  • Wild bird feed
  • Pet rats
  • Countertop composting
  • School science projects

Commonly asked question by our customers:

How many mealworms should I feed my chickens?

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Given the size of our giant mealworms at 1 to 1-1/4 inches long, full sized chickens should have no more than 10 each daily. Remember, these are treats meant to supplement their diet. This amount should be half for bantams.

When it’s freezing outside your chickens can have up to 15 each, but do not make this a daily habit. Only feed them a higher amount during cold snaps. Molting is also a time when chickens can use additional protein and 15 can be given for up to a week. Wait until they have just started to grow the new feathers to start feeding a higher amount.

At what age should I start feeding treats to my chickens?

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Young birds should be given much smaller amounts of supplemental foods. Start feeding treats in tiny amounts after 4-5 weeks of age and keep an eye on their poops after their first treats to ensure they are properly digesting and tolerating a change in their regular diet—just like you would with a human baby eating their first solid foods.

What happens if I feed my chickens too many mealworms?

Mealworms are a high-protein snack that chickens love, but too many for an extended period of time can lead to kidney disease and gout because. Mealworms are about 50% protein and layer pellet is generally 16% in comparison.

Coming Soon: Dried Beetle Blend

Our farm also plans to sell a dried beetle blend in a few months as we perfect our recipe. This blend will contain leafy greens, veggie scraps and oats mixed with beetles that have naturally met the end of their lifecycle, and pupae that didn’t hatch.

All parts of this dried blend will be nibble-sized for your chickens to easily consume. This closes the loop of our mealworms grown in Maine, making it a minimal-waste product. This blend can be fed to your chickens in addition to our mealworms, to create a more balanced supplemental diet. This blend should still be fed in addition to their usual feed.

Also available in our shop: mealworm manure ‘frass

mealworm frass from wheaton mountain farm

Did you know mealworm manure is completely dry and looks like sand? It is comparable to guano and earthworm castings, and it’s called frass. It’s great to use when planting seeds and to sprinkle onto houseplant soil. I mixed mealworm frass with a beneficial insect wildflower blend and a bee feed mix from Maine-based Johnny’s Seed this spring with great results.

We plan to feed our new quail flock a mealworm-rich diet. They have higher protein needs than chickens and the game feed is doesn’t offer much diversity.

Please consider supporting our Mealworms Grown in Maine at our family farm in Bucksport. We offer a few options to our mealworm customers, including one-time and a subscription delivery service at a discounted rate. Visit our shop for details. To learn more about mealworm care, see our complete guide HERE.