Support your wildlife and garden birds with our nutritious, high-quality dried mealworms! With all the nutrients and proteins of live mealworms, but in a more convenient (and easy to store) format, both bird watchers and birds love these feeder products at Gardeners Dream. All manner of bird species and some desirable rodents, such as hedgehogs, like to eat dried mealworms. Whether you scatter them with seed mixes or soak them in warm water, young and adult birds will see that this good bird food doesn't go to waste. You can find all our dried mealworms on this page, as well as other varieties of wild bird food, at Gardeners Dream. With specific mixes for songbirds, pigeons, and poultry, you can ensure that your garden is always chirping with life. And don't forget, there's free delivery on every order - it's our delivery guarantee!
Birds and other animals that visit your garden are naturally opportunistic or just plain old omnivores - being fed plant matter, such as seeds, as well as protein and fat-rich insects is best for them. There's no one benefit to adding insect food to the feeder or bird table. Feeding the birds freeze-dried mealworms can provide them with energy, keep them warm in the colder months, improve feather quality, and keep their bones strong.
You can feed mealworms to birds all year round. Migratory and native English birds such as robins love to eat dried mealworms whenever available - they're a popular food! You can also soak dried mealworms to provide more moisture and make them extra enticing. Let them soak for a few hours to absorb as much water as possible before adding them to the feeder.
When you buy dried mealworms from Gardeners Dream, you know that you are receiving a high-quality product. We feed our mealworms with vegetables and grains to ensure that they are full of all the nutrition that birds need. There are approximately 470 calories in 100g of mealworms, plus all the protein, fat and fibre needed for a healthy balance.
Some of the many species that you might catch feasting on dried or live mealworms include robins, tits (blue, great, long-tailed and coal), goldfinches, woodpeckers, sparrows, and starlings. During the breeding season, you will see parents carrying away mouthfuls of mealworms for their young. Soaking the mealworms at this time of year is particularly beneficial as it helps the young birds to better digest the food.
If you intend to foster a good ecosystem of birds in your garden, you can do more than just hang up some feeders and put out bird food so they can eat mealworms. Our horticulturalists recommend a variety of trees that support native wildlife, such as Cherry Blossom and Holly Trees. You could also plant a variety of Grasses to give birds some additional ground cover for ground feeders that eat mealworms.
Insects are an essential part of the natural diet for our feathered friends. From the darkling beetle to live worms, many types of birds eat these creatures for the protein and other nutritional value they hold. Birds such as pied wagtails, blackbirds, and even rodents like hedgehogs love to eat worms and other insects from the ground to help maintain healthy bones, provide energy, and enjoy a moist snack.
Dried worms can bolster the diet of birds when live mealworms and other insects are lacking (primarily during the winter months). Most birds will eat mealworms dried, straight from the packet, but you can also soak mealworms in water after delivery to mimic the moist juicy texture of live mealworms for an extra special treat.
The key is to choose high-quality mealworms for bird feeders. The mealworms at Gardeners Dream were fed a nutritious mix of vegetables and grains before drying, ensuring that they are bursting with all the nutrients birds need. We also enrich them with nutritious oils, for additional fat to keep the calorie count up. Most birds require little encouragement to feast on our bird feed at Gardeners Dream!
Garden birds eat mealworms and a wide range of different foods, such as suet, mixed seeds, and other larvae. Young birds love to feast on fresh worms in the spring, but they aren't available naturally in the winter - this is where our dried mealworms step in, providing year-round feed that blackbirds, thrushes and sparrows love.
Providing a good source of protein, fat and fibre for breeding wild birds producing eggs, mealworms are great to supply along with seed feeders in your garden. You can find mealworms sold in litre tubs or packed by the kilogram in our store from a range of suppliers. As always packaging and delivery are completely free and not just for a limited time. Year-round free delivery is the Gardeners Dream guarantee!
Caring for your wild birds also helps you take care of your garden. Healthy birds control pest populations and can even help your garden plants thrive. We recommend planting trees - even if you only have space for small trees or a short row of native hedging - to help support the bird population in your area too. There's free delivery on all trees on our site.
For more advice and delivery assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our expert horticulturalists.
Most wild bird varieties, like robins, will eat worm food such as mealworms. You may be putting out too much food, so it is not all being eaten, or the feeders are in an inaccessible location. Although best stored dry, you can also try to soak the feed in water before it goes out into the garden - this mimics the fresh, juicy texture of live mealworms for birds and may be more appetising.
Yes, you can feed your chickens the same mealworms for birds that the robins, blackbirds and other songbird varieties love. They are high in protein and are good food for laying hens. Scatter the dried mealworms on the ground or use a feeder. However, mealworms shouldn't make up more than 10% of your chickens' diet. They are a good treat but not to be fed in bulk! For the best value for money, find mealworms here at Gardeners Dream with free delivery.
Soaking mealworms by putting them in warm water restores moisture, mimicking the texture of live mealworms - many wild bird varieties prefer to be fed this. Regardless of whether you soak or not, mealworm food is high in protein and great for feeding birds throughout the year. Very few bird species won't try to eat mealworms you place out.
Yes, high-quality freeze-dried mealworms will have been fed a good diet when they were alive, ensuring that they are nutritious when dried. Wild birds such as robins, blackbirds and other garden birds like to eat live mealworms - you can mimic this by soaking your worms to restore their moisture before feeding time.
Instead of using feeders, it is best to place your mealworms on a bird table or high-up place in your garden. This stops ground-level animals (hedgehogs, rats and other rodents) from feeding on them, allowing sparrows, thrushes and other young birds only to eat mealworms. Our mealworms are packed for delivery into bags or resealable containers - make sure they are stored somewhere cool, dry and dark.
Yes, mealworms are a natural source of protein, fat and fibre. In winter, when the ground is frozen in your garden, using a nutritional mealworm feed replaces the fresh worms and creepy crawlies that birds like to eat. In the early spring, the worms can also help birds to feed their young. You can find mealworm food packs in a variety of sizes in our store at Gardeners Dream.
Typically, you can store dried mealworms for birds for up to 18 months in an air-tight container. Once they are rehydrated, your garden birds should eat mealworms immediately - don't attempt to store soaked worms as they won't keep like live mealworms. Don't worry, birds love the moisture in their feed! At Gardeners Dream, we have free delivery so if your mealworms expire or you need to restock, you can do so in just a few clicks.
Yes! Just like wild birds, rats will eat mealworms and other larvae for protein in the wild. Feeding rats live mealworms or dried mealworms may be suitable for pets, but if you are trying to deter rats in your garden then make sure they are in a feeder that only birds can access.