Are dried mealworms good for Bluebirds?

Are dried mealworms good for Bluebirds?

Posted by Jenny on Jul 20th 2021

The first thing that you might be wondering is whether heated or freeze-dried mealworms still retain their nutritional qualities.

The good news is that they are indeed still nutritious and good for birds to eat.

They aren’t as good as live mealworms, of course, but they still have a good balance of fats, proteins, and fiber that will keep your Bluebird guests healthy and happy.

You are going to need to get the local Bluebirds used to eating dried mealworms, however, but all it takes is some live mealworms, some dried ones, and a little patience.

In order to get your Bluebirds to try dried mealworms in the first place, you need to be a little sneaky about it.

You can put out some regular mealworms and simply mix in a few dried ones.

Over the next few days, reduce the ratio of live worms to the dried ones, and finally, just add dried mealworms and see how it goes.

While Bluebirds are good at avoiding black, dead mealworms, when they are eating up some live ones they are sure to accidentally get a dried mealy and once they see that they aren’t so bad then your Bluebirds will develop a taste for them.

You can speed things along by mixing some dried mealworms in with your seeds and other feeder mixes and before you know it, your Bluebirds will start keeping an eye out for refill-time.

Dried mealworms are good for your Bluebirds and have the advantage of being inexpensive and easy to store.

They have a long shelf life and only require that you store them in a cool, dry place, and best of all, they won’t try to escape when you are serving them to the birds.

So, be sure to pick up some dried and live mealworms and you can get started training your Bluebirds to eat them.

Before you know it, they’ll be snapping up those new mealworms just as fast as you can put them out!