The wriggly morsels that are placed in Bluebird feeders do have charming ways, not only for Bluebirds but many other species too.
Many species which are not normally attracted to seed feeders provide a special bird watching treat for us at this type of wild bird feeder.
To attract these species of wild birds it is best to put mealworm feeders out during nesting season.
It is easier to attract them at this needy time when the parent birds are engaged in a furious race to feed their baby birds.
(see other Bluebird Feeders below)
They will be far more willing to accept this offering when they are so busy and need the energy. Then continue to keep the feeder full all summer to keep the birds coming.
If you have Bluebirds for the winter months, then mealworms are a big help to them at this time of year as well.
Feeders will have to be placed where they will be noticed and where the birds “hang out”.
Many of the birds you will want to attract with this type of feeder do not associate bird feeders supplied by humans as a source of food, such as Orioles, Bluebirds, Robins.
It may take some coaxing and patience.
It is best to put just a few mealworms out in the bluebird feeder to start.
Pick a time of day that will work for you everyday when you can place mealworms in your feeder.
same time of day, everyday and sometimes whistling or making some other pleasant noise (not an alarming sound) when you put them into the feeder. Eventually the birds will associate that time of day and sound with mealworms being made available.
Live or dried meal worms. → Mealworms are really not worms at all, they are beetle larvae. They are easy to keep. (For some people!)
They do not smell and are not slimy like earthworms. They are quite active, so they will need to be kept in a secure container that breaths.
Most backyard bird watchers will likely want to purchase freeze-dried meal worms.
If you think you would like to raise your own mealworms then try this site.
A mealworm feeder is becoming a very popular type of backyard bird feeder and many of our customers found this type of wild bird feeder irresistible.
A few customers to our store were a little turned off by the thought of caring for these wriggly guys and keeping them in the refrigerator!
These customers I steered towards the freeze dried type.
But most people couldn’t wait to give it a try!
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