Review: Kaytee Mealworms are Fantastic for Bird Feeding

I always recommend black oil sunflower seed, suet, and safflower seed for those getting started with bird feeding. But, in the spring, I’ve also started advocating people experiment with mealworms. They’re a great source of protein and calcium, which is especially important for birds during the spring nesting season (Cornell Bird Lab). I usually buy Kaytee Dried Mealworms as a convenient way to stock my feeders and wanted to write a quick review on why I like them.

Read on for my deep dive on this product. I’ll be posting some pictures along the way, so you can judge if this is something you’d like to try. At the end of this post, I’ll also put links for shopping.

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Why I Like Kaytee Mealworms

A Chipping Sparrow at a bird feeder with mealworms and white millet.
A Chipping Sparrow visiting my “chair” platform feeder in the early spring. You can spot mealworms in the tray.

Mealworms are the larva of mealworm beetles. You can feed bids mealworms from a tray, hopper or specialized mealworm bird feeder.

Mealworms are an often overlooked food for bird feeding. If you haven’t tried adding 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.

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I usually offer mealworms at my feeders in March and use them through June. I started early this year thanks to incredibly mild February temperatures in Minnesota. But, you can certainly use them year-round too! Just be sure to also offer birds something high-fat, like suet or sunflower seeds in the winter.

I either mix mealworms with white millet and/or sunflower chips for a “spring migrant birds blend”, or I serve it straight up in a feeder. I usually find that my neighborhood Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers, and Northern Cardinals really enjoy them.

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I love Kaytee Mealworms because it’s easy for me to buy them from Amazon or my local Ace Hardware store. Wild Bird stores will sell live mealworms, but dried mealworms are cheaper and easier to store. I recently bought my bag of Kaytee Mealworms from Amazon for around $18 (subject to change).

Birds That Will Like Kaytee Mealworms:

Here are the birds that will enjoy eating mealworms at a feeder. I’m linking to each birds page on the Cornell Bird Lab below, so you can learn more about each and check if you’re in their range.

A Closer Look at the Back of Kaytee Mealworms

The back of a bag of Kaytee Mealworms.
Mealworms can also be fed to chickens to supplement their diet.

There are no filler ingredients in Kaytee Mealworms. You can also see for yourself in the picture above that mealworms are a fantastic source of protein for birds.

Where to Buy Kaytee Mealworms

Here are a list of places online you can buy a bag of Kaytee Mealworms:

Kaytee also has a store locator on their website. You can plug in your zip code and see stores selling mealworms nearby.

If you end up buying these mealworms, let me know in the comments section below what you think of it. If you have questions or comments, I always welcome those:

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