How to Feed Mealworms to Bluebirds

Feeding birds is a great hobby and enjoyable for people of all ages. Western bluebirds are becoming a threatened species due to invasive birds, such as house sparrows and European starlings, as well as habitat loss. Bluebirds are difficult to feed, as they are insectivores, but it can be done by using mealworms.


  1. 1
    Buy your mealworms. Most pet stores sell them, live or freeze-dried, in small packages. Using live worms has the best results, but dried worms are much easier to store and stay edible longer.
  2. 2
    Set up a feeder. You can buy or make a simple feeder that holds small amounts of seed. It should have perches and several holes for birds to eat from. Put your feeder near a source of water, such as a birdbath or fountain if possible. Nearby grass and shrubs are a must. Make sure to set your feeder up where you have seen bluebirds often. You can hang it on a post, tree branch, or fence for best results.
    • Always hang feeders out of direct sunlight.
  3. 3
    Add your mealworms to the feeder. Use only small amounts of mealworms if you are using live worms.
  4. 4
    Watch carefully. Now that you have your feeder ready to go, monitor it. Go outside as often as possible to check on the mealworm supply. If using live insects, always replace those that die. Mealworms, dead or alive, should be removed and replaced every three to five days, more often if you live in a rainy or extremely hot climate.
    • If you have no bird traffic, switch the placement of your feeder.
  5. 5
    Enjoy watching the birds!


  • Be patient! It can take weeks or even months for birds to discover your feeder.
  • Don't move your feeder more than once weekly, and only if absolutely necessary.


  • Always wear gloves when handling mealworms or any insect, and wash your hands after touching them or the feeder.

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