Mealworm Bedding

Akari_32

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Just wondering, do I really need a bedding for mealworms? They get so dirty, I feel like I could keep them cleaner if I had no bedding to worry about. Not to mention, I hate grinding up all that oatmeal.... LOL Does anyone else keep theirs with out bedding?
 

acpart

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The bedding is their food. If they have no food they will not be nutritious for your geckos. If you buy pre-powdered bedding (check out the gut load at pro geckos.com) it will be less work and easier to sift them.

Aliza
 

Dinosaur!

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I did try that once, but i wasnt as successful at keeping them alive that way :( mealworms like to burrow, and it keeps them from crawling through their own waste... You dont have to grind up the oats if you dont want to. I just dump the oats in, and they do fine :) ou could also try wheat bran, which is already ground up I believe :)
 

acpart

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I grind them because with thousands of mealworms in the container, I can sift them out of the ground gut load instead of having to pick them out. Since I can go through 10,000 mealworms in a month at the height of baby season, there's no way I want to pick mealworms out.

Aliza
 

Akari_32

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I may try a group with no bedding and see how they do. Mine all die anyways because my "farm" is too big for my three guys to eat them in a timely manner before they die. I actually just sold off 1000 to a reptile shop for $8 lol I grind the oat meal because it's a heck of a lot easier to scoop and sift than it is to pick out 40 bajillion worms every feeding. Raven can out pack 100 worms a night if I let him!
 
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