Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

I posted these pictures in the Potting Shed section but I guess they should really belong here. Also it might prompt others to consider putting food out for our nesting birds. Hopefully clicking on the photos will enlarge them...

I have blue tits nesting in my patio so I bought a half kilo sack of live meal worms for them...




 Placed an a glass dish and covered by a fird feeder cage...




 Nest box on my patio (viewed through patio window from my armchair)...






Soon after I was overjoyed as the blue tits found them and started tucking in, then taking them to their chicks in the nest box...





Im filling the dish up twice a day. Also had a nuthatch feeding on them today. 




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    Most years I think there's enough food in my garden without me supplying it but this year I'm still feeding.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    Your right, the tits still go out and return with grubs/flies etc. I think feeding live meal worms etc helps take some of the strain off the parents, and gives them something to eat as well. Packed with protien.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    You get more bird watching time if you supply the food as well.

  • Tim BurrTim Burr Posts: 344

    I've often wondered what it must feel like to be a mealworm, lying on my back in a bowl and about to be snapped up by a hungry bird!  image


    Just a word of advice - if you plan to put out dried mealworms instead of live ones, please soak them in water first (overnight) and then drain.  Dried mealworms can dehydrate small chicks.

  • BluebootsBlueboots Posts: 100

    My sister has a robin that comes into the kitchen for mealworms. It sees when they get up and hangs around outside the kitchen door for a handout. A bluetit has started to come in too.

    Love the pictures Leadfarmer, and your garden.

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    lovely pictures.. i feed the birds all year round.. have thought about mealworms.. but not really got anywhere to put them.. as all feeders are in the big apple tree.. and i have rooks and magpies that come round and pinch anything that is on a flat base.

    i feed minethe choice of suet pellets (the most fav of all) sunflower hearts as well as shelled ones.. wild bird seed, nigera seeds and peanuts.. and finch seed.. and throw out halved apples for the blackbirds and thrushs..

    not got room for much more..

    blueboots.. my mum used to do this at her old house.. leave them inside the conservatory and he used to come in.. and when bigger bring the young ones in too. they are such lovely friendly birds.

    i have a female blackbird that comes over when i am filling up the feeders and sits and waits for me to sprinkle some down for her.. she getting rather tame.. so gorgeous.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,728

    Aren't birds brilliant!

    I sound like that character from The Fast Show...image

    Good point about the mealworms Tim- will make sure I do that since it's been so dry recently. Had stopped putting them out a little while ago but feel it's useful for parent birds especially as this has been such a weird spring for them.

  • The Bird LadyThe Bird Lady Posts: 108

    I too feed mealworms and whenever I go outside the sparrows fly really close in case I've got something for them.  The only trouble is that the starlings found them and of course, they take great beakfulls at a time so it soon diminishes the supply. image

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    yeah thos starlings are gannets.. really. noise and fight all time.. have loads of young again this year and they empty the two large feeders of suet pellets very fast.. sometimes i hve to go and shoo them off.. as it is madness.image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,728

    B****y starlings! Someone across the road lets them nest in their roof and doesn't seem to thinkit's an issue..They devoured a really good fat feeder I had earlier this year which had mealworms etc in it. I moved it so that they weren't flying over my washing  from his house to reach it image

    I pushed a little cane through it so that the two robins could sit and eat it too. It was lovely watching them on it together. 

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