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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.

ACCEPTANCE

  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.

RESPONSIBILITY

  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
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The Zen Birdfeeder

Tim, a live mealworm that falls to the ground would very likely be eaten, if not by a bird (I've had chipping sparrows cleaning up under a mealworm feeder) then by something else (I've had a toad eat them!)
Mealworms are the larvae of the Darkling Beetle, which are a pest near stored grain. I don't suspect a few would be of much concern in a typical yard.

Tim

Every once in a while a mealworm falls to the ground. Is there any concern about it surviving to become a beetle, and is the beetle problematic?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Hi Mary, here's some answers to your questions:
Q1. How high should I fill my little mealworm feeder for my birds? I bought the WBU square, clear plastic one and 2 small containers, which I'm told should last a while.
A. Feed them a pinch of worms at a time, ideally when you're there to watch. If you want to give them more, that's fine, but I'd start with a pinch (10-15 mealworms)
Q2. Also, does it matter if any of the wheat gets into the feeder with them?
A. No
Q3. Should I take care not to touch the worms with my fingers and just tap them from the container into the feeder?
A. THere's absolutely no harm in touching the mealworms.
Q4. One more thing: Where should I put the feeder itself on the pole system? Can it go just above the baffle?
A. Anywhere above the baffle is fine.
Good luck getting your Carolina wrens!!

Mary F. Jordan

Hi Nancy! I'm sorry if you've answered these questions before, but I don't know how to subscribe to this topic so I can see previous posts. Here goes: 1. How high should I fill my little mealworm feeder for my birds? I bought the WBU square, clear plastic one and 2 small containers, which I'm told should last a while. 2. Also, does it matter if any of the wheat gets into the feeder with them? 3. Should I take care not to touch the worms with my fingers and just tap them from the container into the feeder? 4. One more thing: Where should I put the feeder itself on the pole system? Can it go just above the baffle? I need some help, as you can see. I'm anxious to get my little Carolina wrens some worms ASAP!! They've been such good little pals to me! Thanks so much. --Mary

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kelly - glad to help you with mealworm feeding!

kelly_gordon85@yahoo.com

Thanks for the info :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

John - thanks and good note to beware mail order. It can also get very expensive that way during the summer when shipping costs are HUGE! If you get them at a WBU, we bear the cost and the hassles!

MaineBirder

Excellent post Nancy! We feed mealworms during the time fledglings are brought to the feeders

Also beware of mail order mealworms. I'm not saying that all mail order is bad, but we got burned twice by two different companies.

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