Mini Mealies are small mealworms. The information below is regarding regular mealworms but much of it also applies to mini mealies. The 1000 quantity of mini mealies in each tub is only a rough estimate. The tub size resembles a 50g pack of mealworms.
Mealworms - Plump nutrient rich Pisces mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) provide a natural insect food for birds and lizards in your aviary and garden. Adds variety to diets and are an ideal source of protein for finches, robins, wagtails, other birds and reptiles.
Pisces mealworms are a clean and easily handled food for many pets, and adds variety to your animal's diet. Mealworms are an ideal source of protein for seed-eating birds; especially important at breeding time. Eco-gardeners believe that feeding wild-birds in their yard naturally encourages insect foraging birds to keep the garden cleaner of pests.
Disclaimer: (please read this 5 point disclaimer before ordering)
1 of 5. Risk of ordering: We take all the measures possible to get live Insects to buyers asap and in good condition, however, we accept no responsibility for insects that die during shipping. We are based in Adelaide and orders from outside Adelaide have an increased risk. Please consider that the risk increases significantly for interstate or rural deliveries and during warmer months where mealworms will be in transit without cooling. Strictly no refunds for insects that arrive dead. For interstate or rural orders we suggest selecting the Australia Post Express freight option when available OR consider Dried Mealworms as a safer alternative (see below)
2 of 5. Bulk Orders 1kg plus: Our 1kg, 2kg, 6kg mealworm packs are special ordered every Monday morning so please have your order in by Saturday for delivery the following week. Mealworm stock usually arrive to us on Tuesday or Wednesday and we send them to you after they have arrived (you will receive a shipment notification when your order is sent out) Let us know in the comments section (when ordering) if it's urgent and we'll try to fast-track things if possible
3 of 5. We don't guarantee worms per tub: The manufacturer tells us there about 1000 mini mealies mealworms in these packs. However, in no way do we guarantee this amount regardless of how many mealworms are provided in any tub. We only sell this item as the manufacturer Pisces provides it. Strictly no refunds if you think there are less than 1000 mealworms in tub. We have no way of checking worm amounts and counting them is not feasible.
3 of 5. Orders will not be sent close to weekend: If it gets too close to the end of the week we may not send your order until the following week to avoid worms being stuck at a courier depot over the weekend.
4 of 5. For Orders Outside of Sydney during Summer: During the Summer months (Start of December to end of the February) we are no longer freighting mealworms outside of Sydney. Due to the hot weather, it's just too risky Or consider Dried Mealworms instead
- A versatile food most commonly used to feed finches, wild birds, large fish, mammals, reptiles and tortoises.
- Bred in state of the art facilities, Pisces is a world leader in the cultivation of live mealworms.
- All Pisces mealworms are fed an organic diet and are free of any organophosphates and added growth.
How to feed: Feed mealworms straight from the container or transfer them to glass or crockery bowls with five-centimetre sides slippery sides prevent their escape. The birds will quickly learn to sort out the mealworms from the bran, especially if you only put mealworms in the bowl for the first few times.
How many to feed: Feed once or twice a day - early in the morning and 1-2 hours before sunset. Small birds (eg: wrens and wagtails) up to 5 mealworms each meal. Medium-sized birds (eg: butcherbirds and kingfishers) up to 10 per meal. Large birds (eg: magpies and kookaburras) 10-20 per meal. Avoid overfeeding. You should not make the birds dependent on you for a large part of their diet. It is unnatural and can disadvantage the birds.
Storage & Care Pisces: mealworms are packed with enough food to last them about one week at normal room temperature. They will live much longer if kept in the crisper area of the refrigerator as the cold temperature slows them down. To keep your mealworms for a longer period of time, every two weeks remove them from the refrigerator & allow them to warm up. Give them a small amount of apple or carrot & top up their unprocessed bran. After 24 hours remove the uneaten food and return them to the fridge for re-use.
Suggestion: If your planning to store the mealworms for longer then about 7 days you might want to consider topping up the food inside the mealworm container with more Bran. (see below)
Questions & Answers:
Q. What are the size of your mealworms?
A. Here is a rough size guide: (based on 2 or 3 random samples we measured)
- Mini Mealies - 14 to 16mm long (1.5mm thick)
- Mealworms - 22 to 25mm long (3mm thick)
- Superworms - 24 to 27mm long (3mm thick)
Q. Do the mini mealies come in 1kg bulk packs?
A. After calling the supplier I can confirm that the mini mealies do not come 1kg packs. They only come in one size which is a 1000 pack tub.
Q. Are these mini mealies a different species to the regular mealworms and super mealworms?
A. All 3 types of mealworms ie mini mealies, mealworms and super mealworms are all the same species at different life stages.