I enjoy raising our own feeder insects because then I know what my hedgehogs food is eating and I know they are clean and disease free. It also provides my customers and hog parents a place to get feeder insects for their hedgies.
Have you ever wondered what goes into raising your own feeder insects? I want to show you how easy it is to start up a mealworm farm of your own! We also have dubia roaches here at Green Mountain Quillibusters, and I am happy to write a separate post on them another time.
A job planned out is a job half done. Don't skimp on making sure you have all your supplies gathered before you get started. Setting up a mealworm farm is super easy if you have everything ready. Our farm is minimal work and yields plenty of mealworms to support our herd as well as our customers.
Now that you have your container and bedding, you are ready to add in your mealworms.
When you are starting a mealworm farm you will need a good supply of mealworms to get it going. I would recommend no less than 1000 to start. Buying bulk mealworms online can be risky depending on the time of year. Winter months can be too cold for shipping, while alternatively summer months can be too warm. Check around your area to see if there are any local suppliers before going online.
If there is not a local, trusted business to purchase mealworms from in bulk, I suggest the following three suppliers.
I have listed their location as well so you can choose the vendor that is closest to you.
www.reptiledeli.com (New York)
Once your have an established colony, your farm will require minimal maintenance and will provide your insectivores plenty of yummy, protein filled treats!
Thanks for reading and please leave any comments or questions you have below!
There is so much information to learn when it comes to owning and breeding hedgehogs! It is far more than a care page can hold!