Waxworms

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Waxworms

Postby Joan » Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:40 pm

Wax worms are a widely used food source for both caged and wild flyers. Wax worms are soft bodied, fat grubs with small heads. They make an excellent addition to your flyers’ diet. Wax worms are about the best food for sick and malnourished flyers,quickly allowing the animal to gain weight. Also good for pregnant and nursing flyers. They are 22.19% fat ... the highest fat content of live commerical food: http://www.grubco.com/Nutritional_Information.cfm

One of the best ways to keep flyers healthy is to provide a diverse diet. Wax worms are a fantastic way of providing nutritional diversity. flyers absolutely love the taste of them. Wax worms are easily digested and a favorite food source, but use them sparingly. They are excellent for pregnant and nursing mothers and help fatten mom's milk content.

Waxworms are the larval stage of the Greater Wax Moth (Galleria mellonella).

When you receive your Waxworms, you should immediately remove the lids and allow any condensation that has formed during shipment to dissipate prior to storage. Lids must be replaced, as Waxworms can climb both plastic and glass and will escape.

If maintained in the cups in which they are sold at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F, they will live for approximately 5 weeks. If refrigerated, Waxworms can be expected to live for 3+ weeks if the following directions are followed.

If you choose to refrigerate your Waxworms, do not take their container out of the refrigerator for any longer than the time necessary to pick the number that you wish to use. Condensation will form on the worms and in the cup, causing your Waxworms to die.

Do not feed your Waxworms. They will not eat if food is offered while in their cups with bedding and the food will only mold and shorten their life span.
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local waxworms?

Postby lynn » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:37 pm

Where would I look to purchase waxworms? Is this a fishing bait, or pet food, or something else? I know I can order online, and may have to resort to that, but would like to try locally first!

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Re: local waxworms?

Postby Joan » Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:36 pm

lynn wrote:Where would I look to purchase waxworms?


Some pet stores carry them, but check the container carefully to make sure half of them aren't already dead and turned black.On-line sources: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5387
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