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Bluebird Comes for Mealworms

Male bluebird comes for mealworms
Photo copyright 2005 Michael and Diane Porter

I recently discovered how much bluebirds love mealworms. I'd been seeing a pair of eastern bluebirds around, but they hadn't started nesting in our new birdhouse.

I sent for a supply of mealworms and put a few on top of the bluebird house. Within an hour, bluebirds were landing on the birdhouse to eat the mealworms.

Within three days they started building a nest inside. I'm still deliveing a handful of mealworms to my bluebirds twice a day. The parents grab them up and feed them to the babies. As I write this, the four babies are about to fledge.

It's been a good spring.

MealwormMealworms are not unpleasant to touch. They're dry and smooth. And although they may tickle your hand (if you carry them in your palm, as I do), they are clean. They're completely easy to take care of. All you need to feed 1000 of them is a slice of apple once a week! You can keep your mealworms in your fridge for a couple of weeks and dole them out to your bluebirds.

I started doing it because I heard that they would encourage bluebirds to adopt a birdhouse. I'm a beginner at bluebirds, but it worked for me right off. I'm planning on making mealworms a continuing part of my bird feeding fun.

And we've started carrying them on the Birdwatching Dot Com store. They're shipped directly to you (or to us) by the folks who grow them. They come by 2-day-air delivery, and they shouldn't sit around a hot or cold post office over the weekend, so we can have them shipped only Monday through Wednesday.

--Diane Porter

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