Mealworms are an often overlooked superfood for bird feeding. If you haven’t added any to your feeding station, it’s worth experimenting with. A lot of birds primarily eat insects or include them in their diet. Adding mealworms to your feeders is an easy way to draw in more species.
I’ve been feeding the birds for years and find that they really like the addition of mealworms in the spring. I usually like to mix some in with bird seed in a tray feeder (pictured below), or buy live mealworms from my local Wild Bird Store.
For me, dried mealworms quickly become favorites for Chickadees and Nuthatches at my feeding station.
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What Are Mealworms?
Mealworms are the larva of mealworm beetles. They’re a good source of protein and calcium, which is especially important for birds during the spring mating season. (Cornell Bird Lab). You can feed bids mealworms from a tray, hopper or specialized mealworm bird feeder.
You can either buy live mealworms from a local bird store near you, or you can buy dried mealworms at any bird store or from Amazon. For convenience sake, I usually order a pouch of Kaytee mealworms.
I also experiment with buying fresh mealworms on occasion. These are more expensive but are like caviar for birds, they’re gone within a few hours at my feeders!
Mealworms are also often incorporated into bird feeder cylinders. Bird seed cylinders last a long time and appeal to a ton of different species ranging from Woodpeckers to Cardinals.