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minijoan



Joined: 06 Mar 2011
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 12:37 pm    Post subject: Help with mealworms please Reply with quote

My new small bird food feeder has arrived m(wire mesh with four larger holes for blue tits size birds) and I hung it out with live meal worms but other than the starlings (which can't get in) no small bird has taken any interest.
The live meal worms arrived in pots with bran (which I suppose is their food) Should I sieve the bran away before putting the mealworms in the feeder or leave it as it is.
I am hoping once the eggs have hatched the parents will go to the feeder as any easy sorce of food.
My husband says it might take a while for them to become accustom to the new feeder so I should leave well alone and see what happens.
Has anyone got any other advice please.
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Strixaluco



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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Location: Mayford, Sy

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We always sieve the bran away before we put out mealworms in the caged feeder - fortunately I had a spare sieve with quite large holes, and this works well. If you don't have a suitable sieve, you could put some mealworms in a shallow dish and blow on them - but a plastic apron and goggles might make you more comfortable during this procedure! Laughing
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minijoan



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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elizabeth, Thank you for your advice, I have a small sieve (an unused tea strainer) which I think might do the job. I'll let you know if it works.
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Joan
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