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Last Post 09-01-2013 6:50 AM by  tracey
Dare I say it? livefood!!!
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28-07-2010 1:52 PM

    Honestly, post not as bad as it sounds!

    We have all read about what our birdies might eat in the wild including live bugs and things, today, as usual Danny was at work with me and we were packing up some mealworms (sold as livefoods for wild birds, chickens, lizards and things) now my previous Tag would throw a fit at anything that moved but Danny has always shown remarkably little concern or interest in other living things so I thought I would see what his reaction to a mealworm would be, this was not some perverse idea of fun it's just that we do have some escapees of our stock and would be happier knowing how Danny would react if he should ever be on his own and spot the odd one making a break for it across the floor! anyhow, gently showed him a mealworm, little reaction but curious, he decides to have  closer look, now this mealworm is moving around on my hand so Danny calmly picks it up and with no further ado - eats it! so the question arises does anyone else let their birdies eat such things? would it be recommended? be interested in your views.

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    28-07-2010 2:20 PM
    My lot all eat meal worms Nigel, though they are dead, I couldn't feed live anything to anything!
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    29-07-2010 6:53 AM
    Full of protein Shell, You can get them from any wild bird food shops.

    All like a good munch!!
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    29-07-2010 9:06 AM
    I tried all of mine on dried mealworms and only one of them was interested but they are excelent sources of rotein and reasonably priced.

    Dietec, Northern parrots, most of the 'usual' suspects sell them.

    I'm with you Margy, couldn't have a pet that needed live food!!
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    20-11-2010 1:08 PM
    Wouldn't have thought about giving them dried mealworms. My OWA once ate a fly that was just buzzing along as flies do. I didn't think she had it in her but she was so quick and almost flicked out her tongue like you see lizards do on wildlife tv shows.
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    13-12-2010 8:17 AM
    I give my chickens live mealworms, they go crazy for them , rats love thme too but i only tried once as the mealworm bit my rat ! Yes mealworms bite.

    I have lizards who eat crickets, i'm queezy and won't touch them i just tip them in, may try the birds on them.
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    01-03-2011 3:56 AM
    My 'tiel eats dried mealworms, he likes the crunchiness of them, poor things. :/
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    01-07-2011 4:34 AM

    Full of natural goodness, best eaten as grubs as they pupate into horrible great beatles if they escape


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    01-07-2011 7:52 AM

    My Owa reached up above his cage and caught and ate some beestie!!!  At least it wasnt a bluebottle thank god.

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    01-07-2011 8:32 AM
    I used to in my younger days (50 now Lol) look after Barn owls with my dad and got used to feeding them about everything that moved.
    Just remember if they were living wild they would be eating a lot more things
    But must admit have never tried my cag with anything though.
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    02-07-2011 2:48 AM
    Hmm, been wondering about trying JJ with mealworms, have to be dead ones for me too I'm afraid, don't think I could cope with the wiggliness (not sure that's a word!) Next time I see some I'll pick them up and give him a go. He'll try pretty much anything once he's seen me eat it, afraid my love doesn't stretch quite that far though!
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    19-08-2011 3:17 PM
    I have a feeling Lulu would love live mealworm, they don't carry any diseases or parasites do they? or are they reared in conditions that wouldn't allow that possibility? Just being safe. I was going to get some for the wild birds in prep for the winter anyway.
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    09-01-2013 6:50 AM
    How often would you recommend giving mealworms?
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