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    Technically your hedgehog can take on a Super Worm. Discovery Channel showed an African hedgehog killing and eating a scorpion. Hedgehogs are hunters. However I agree with Jo, Super worms are nasty little buggers..why take the risk? Vet bills are $$$$ and you don't want to see your little hedgie get hurt.
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    I have my own mealworm colony which i dust with calcium, and i feel those to my hedgies (also my bearded dragons) I find the mealworms that I grow on my own are a good third larger than the ones from the store. I use store bought ones to start the colony, but they really grow to a nice size. mealworm colonies are super easy to start and maintain, as well as inexpensive. You get nice sized worms that you know are healthy and never need to worry about running to the store to buy more. There was a mealworm shortage for several months a couple of years ago and since then i feel better having my own around.
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    I agree with you Elana!
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    How do you start a mealworm colony?

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    It's simple
    just buy about 100-200 of it
    put in a container with their beddings about 2 inches(wheat flour, or chicken feeds will do), then put a carrot/potato for moisture(it's where they get their water).
    Always check for any morphed beetles, separate the beetles and put to other container with the same setup as the container with the mealworms.
    On both container make sure the you change your carrot/potato everytime it gets dry, also make sure you get a lead or cover to the container because with an open container, the carrot/potato gets dry quickly.
    To make it more easier and precise, search on google how to breed mealworms. It's very easy.
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    How do you start a mealworm colony?

    There is an article here:
    http://www.hedgehogworld.com/content...-Own-Mealworms

    I have always just used one container rather than separating them out, but you can do it either way. Make sure your moisture source is not too wet-carrots, potatoes or apples all work well.
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    But if you put the beetles and the MW in the same container, there are chances that the beetles will eat the MWs.
    Also, 1k of mealworm is TOO BIG to start and besides, you can just give them 3-5 MWs a day and when a beetle lay eggs it would take about 300-500 I think.
    I say if you don't want to spend money that big with 1k MW, just start with 200.
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    But if you put the beetles and the MW in the same container, there are chances that the beetles will eat the MWs.
    Also, 1k of mealworm is TOO BIG to start and besides, you can just give them 3-5 MWs a day and when a beetle lay eggs it would take about 300-500 I think.
    I say if you don't want to spend money that big with 1k MW, just start with 200.


    Yes, if you do not separate then the some of the pupae will get eaten but not enough to affect reproduction rates. Yes, you can start with 200 rather than 1000-it depends on how many mealworms you want hanging around
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