Calling Wild Bird Lovers!!
Are you a wild life fanatic who would like to see more of it in your own back garden? Do you already leave bird feed out in the hopes of attracting all kind of beautiful birds? Well then have you tried live mealworms? After all, the early bird does catch the worm.
Any soft billed bird will be attracted to mealworms as they are naturally insectivorous.
- Blue and great tits
- House Sparrows
Help increase wild bird populations!
Not only will you get to see more birds by feeding them mealworms, but you will also be helping bird species to thrive and survive. Live mealworms are particularly good for baby birds in the nest and fledglings because they contain liquids and protein, two of the most vital nutrients needed for growth.
Live mealworms containing this liquid are so good for baby birds who are depending on being fed by their parents, because they are not able to drink water out of a bird bath. This means they are solely dependant on the moisture in the food they are given. Dried mealworms do not contain this liquid and so they just won’t cut it if you want to see more birds around.
It is also key for young birds to get enough protein in order to grow to become strong and self sufficient. In order to do this they must feed well. Unfortunately, in most urban areas of the UK, birds are dependant on the food left out for them by us as there are not as many insects or other types of food sources. So why not give these birds a kickstart in life by feeding them some juicy mealworms!
Though mealworms are particularly beneficial during fledgling season, they can also help adult birds get through the tougher months. Birds shed their feathers at certain times in the year, eventually replacing each feather with a new fluffier one. Considering their feathers make up around 4-12% of their entire body weight, this is an awful lot of feathers to replace. For this, they need lots of extra energy. Giving them an extra boost with some live mealworms can help them to replace these feathers faster.
During this time birds are particularly vulnerable. Their lack of feathers may restrict their ability to fly, which not only makes them vulnerable to predators but also means it is harder to gather food. By leaving live mealworms somewhere sheltered, you can increase their chances of survival.
In seasons of low rainfall, getting enough food can be hard from some species of birds. Blackbirds in particular rely on earthworms as a key sources of protein, but during drier seasons these earth worms will be well below ground level where the earth is moist. Having an accessible supply of mealworms could make all the difference to them.