I think I have started something big! I spent part of today desperately trying to locate live mealworms to purchase before I got home. I did not want to have to endure the wrath of the bluebirds and their cohorts if I came home empty handed today.
Before picking Charlie up from work I had to stop at a local pet store to refresh my supply of live mealworms for the bluebirds. I found one pet store in our area that sells mealworms in bulk. The branch closest to where I work sold out their shipment from yesterday in less than 24 hours! I called the other branch that is just down the road from Charlie’s work and luckily they had enough for another quarter pound. I was desperate, so I left work a little early, and picked up the mealworms.
Earlier in the day I placed an order for 5000 of these tasty creatures that will be shipped from Crazy Carl’s Worm Farm in Concord, NH. This is the first time I have ordered mealworms through the mail (not a big surprise since I only started using them last week) so I hope they are as good or better than advertised. I was hoping that they could make it here by Saturday, but I guess we are just a bit too far away to make it in 2 days so instead they won’t be here until next Wednesday.
Lucky for me I discovered last night that the bluebirds and their feathered friends aren’t as picky as I thought. I originally picked up some dried mealworms at The Bird House, a local bird supply store, but was worried that the birds would not like them so I started with the live ones. Last night I added some of the dried ones with the remaining live worms and the birds ate them too. That was great news. I will add a few of the dried ones to each feeding I put out to stretch my supply until the shipment arrives from Crazy Carl’s. Charlie thinks I am the crazy one for ordering 5000 of these little babies. I say they will go faster than he thinks!
The first order of business upon arriving home every day is to take Nina out and then feed her. After that I filled up the platform feeders with the new mealworms. I have been calling to the bluebirds when I fill the feeders so they will get used to coming when the feeders are freshly filled. My goal is to have them eat first and then the other birds can have their fill. As soon as I was in the house I put up the window shades and saw that both bluebirds were on the feeder noshing away! Looks like I already have them trained to recognize when I come outside and fill the feeders, or is it that they have trained me to go out of my way and make sure there is a daily supply of fresh mealworms available for them? It can only get worse when they start feeding their babies that I hope they produce. I may have to buy another refrigerator just to store all the mealworms.
Happy bird watching!