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Mealworm Breeder Kit / Basic

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Ready to start breeding your own Mealworms? This kit includes the basic starter materials for breeding your own colony of worms (6 week supply). 

  • Happy Habitat Medium Breeder Box (12.75" x 8.5" x 6.5")
  • Mealworm Keeper Bedding 1 lb.
  • Mealworm Chow Food 1 lb.
  • Thirsty Cricket, Water Crystals (add water for a drown-free water source)
  • Plastic feeder cup
  • Live mealworms
  • Instructions on raising mealworms

*LIVE MEALWORM GUARANTEE: Mealworms are insured if (1) Next Day service is selected, (2) at least one ice pack is included, and (3) the package is received upon delivery. You can use the comment box at checkout to leave special instructions, like "hold for pickup". Read more in Terms & Conditions

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  • You can start with as few as 150 live mealworms. The more mealworms you start with, the better. Visit our Live Mealworm Department to buy extra mealworms, to get your colony growing faster.
  • Too little moisture slows growth and reduces size of your mealworms. Moisture is best provided with Thirsty Cricket (calcium-fortified gel water source). Add Thirsty Cricket to a low bowl (<½" tall), a jar lid works well. Thirsty Cricket will ensure your mealworms are getting the moisture they need, along with passing calcium on to your pets feeding on the mealworms.
  • Additional storage containers as well as replacement Mealworm Keeper and Mealworm Chow may be needed while maintaining your colony and can be purchased separately
  • Read our Instructions on raising mealworms

Care Instructions for Feeder Worms: Remove mealworms from the mesh bag and transfer to a storage container (well ventilated, smooth sided tub). Discard newspaper from shipment. Let the worms settle at room temperature, then feed Mealworm Keeper and a small piece of raw vegetable (carrot or potato). Feed for 24 hours discard uneaten food, then place container in the refrigerator. Mealworms can be stored for 4-8 weeks refrigerated. Wondering how these worms are shipped or what you'll need? Read our article on What To Expect When Ordering Live Mealworms Online. If breeding, see our Mealworm Breeder Kit or Instructions on Raising Mealworms.

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by Shayliegh3 on April 19, 2023

Some of the mealworms came as aliens, it's what I call the pupae lol, and only a very small handful came dead. I am trying to set up a small mealworm farm for my rats and this is PERFECT for starting! I absolutely love the kit and though I didn't completely need the instructions I do love how they made them so easy and simple to understand! Instead of making it complicated like some could they kept it super simple, the way I like instructions lol. -Christian S

by ChrisB on April 9, 2023

It was just as advertised. Came quickly. -Chris B

by MaNdiLLa6987 on April 3, 2023

Great starter pack, I have had the basic and the extended. They are both great, comes with everything, very simple instructions, and my worms were all wiggly and fine. -Mandy H

by Anonymous on March 28, 2023

Having a ball growing my own ty. -Faith H

by Anonymous on February 14, 2023

I love having the mealworms on had to fed my pets it is awesome -Dianne H.

by Anonymous on February 10, 2023

My daughter was very pleased with this kit...made things so easy!!! Price is great as well!!! -Celia L.

by Anonymous on January 23, 2023

So far so good. Arrived quickly and alive. Raising worms for my chickens, so only time will tell. -Amanda

by Anonymous on November 7, 2022

It’s an amazing kit and an unbeatable price

by JOHNNYBEJAK69 on July 27, 2022

Mealworms are too small - Osvaldo J M.

[Response from Seller: Thank you for your review Osvaldo. We’re sorry to hear that your mealworms were not as expected. The size and quantity of the worms included in the breeder kits may vary, but at the moment we are shipping the Small 150 Pack of mealworms. If there's anything else we can do for you, please reach out to our friendly customer service team using the link at the bottom of the website for assistance.]

by Anonymous on July 19, 2022

Jeannie Allen looks great! -Jeannie A.

by Anonymous on June 28, 2022

was much better than expected. will definitely be coming back to this site. - Corey C

by Anonymous on May 11, 2022

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by Anonymous on May 10, 2022

GREAT starter kit... Everything you need to get started growing your own mealy worms. -Cher B.

by Anonymous on May 4, 2022

As soon as I got the mealworm breeder kit I set it up as instructed. All the mealworms immediately disappeared under the bedding. There were 6 or 8 beetles in with the mealworms when I got the package, so I just set up the second kit and put them in it. Haven't seen them since then either. In the first mealworm box, I can see movement under the bedding and they are constantly pulling the apple slices, potato slices, and carrot slices under the bedding, but you said that was normal. The Thirsty Cricket water gel crystals seem to work well. The mealworms seem to even try to pull the lid with the water crystals under the bedding too! I am fascinated with mealworms and the entire process of their reproduction. I hope I can be successful and with your help make as few mistakes as possible. I have chickens and ducks and they eagerly await their mealworms each day. The protein source the mealworms provide is vital and necessary for my ducks and chickens. God bless. - Mary Ann M.

by Anonymous on February 6, 2022

I like to have an opportunity to take care of my chickens in a healthier way. - RENAY R.

by Anonymous on January 31, 2022

It is very good to have for beginners. - Chris P.

by itsmejt on January 31, 2022

This is a Great starter kit all you need to get started on a small scale. - Titus S.

by Anonymous on January 24, 2022

Ordered this as a gift for my sister and her bearded dragon for Christmas. It arrived early and the quality is outstanding! Best breeding habitat and supplies that money can buy! We even had a question and the customer service rep responded right away and was extremely kind and helpful! 10/10 will buy from this site again! -Conrad S.

by Anonymous on January 10, 2022

I’m tried of going to the store constantly for meal worms! -Evelyn N.

by Anonymous on October 12, 2021

My kids love watching the cycle. - Nancy K.

by Denise317 on September 11, 2021

Out of 500, only 4 were dead. We have lots of beetles and now lots of babies. I just ordered another 1000 and all of them were alive. I love it! lifetime customer here! - Denise K

by Anonymous on June 24, 2021

Been a bit since i bought this and its doing great my bearded also loves the mealworms and i love the ability of not having to go to the store every week. -Madison li.

by Anonymous on May 14, 2021

Best place to order from! Excellent prices and fast shipping, will always be a loyal customer. -Ginny

by Anonymous on April 26, 2021

way less than 500 mealworms in the kit. i ordered 500 from someone else at the same time and received at least twice, if not thrice, the amount received from exotic nutrition. otherwise everything else is perfect. [Response from seller: We're sorry to hear about this issue. Please contact us at customer support and we would be happy to address this.]

by Anonymous on February 5, 2021

Just received my order of the expanded kit and 2500 mealworms. All but 3 arrived alive. Everything came as expected. Very healthy and happy worms. Janine was a huge help in placing my order. Very satisfied and will order again! -Kevin G.

by Anonymous on December 27, 2020

Don't have much experience with farms, but came with instructions and was pretty easy to set up. Have yet to harvest from it, may leave an updated review if/when I do. -Sebastian A.

by Anonymous on October 16, 2020

I’ve never had any problems with exotic nutrition mealworm food or mealworm bedding. But with my last order I ended up getting a “Grain Mite” infestation . I know it happens, but it’s become inconvenience try to kill the mites and not my mealworms. Other than the mites, I do appreciate their prices and fast shipping. -Amanda H.

by Anonymous on September 19, 2020

All the worms were alive and came with everything you need to start your worm farm. Easy to set up. My reptiles are real happy. -Michael B.

by Anonymous on June 23, 2020

Happy with what I got! All of my Mealworms made it alive! Easy to set up and maintain! -Erik E.

by Lindalee on April 19, 2020

I'm happy with everything that I gotten my frogs love them. Now need to find live baby pinkes they need them. -Linda W.

by Anonymous on April 6, 2020

This site really helped me to understand how mealworms can be raised at home. I will be purchasing the kit with 500 mealworms and supplies needed to start my own farm within the next few weeks, and see how it goes. I'll do another review then, thanks -Rich H.

by Anonymous on March 4, 2020

So far its been the best idea. None where dead when it arrived. That was the best part. -Elizabeth D.

by Anonymous on July 15, 2019

Prices are very comparable, but you get a better understanding of what you need to raise your own mealworms so I will definitely be buying from your site in the near future. Thank you for everything 😀😀 -James F.

by Anonymous on June 28, 2019

I love my farm. Not only did it get here a day earlier than they said but I only had about 10 or so dead. Keep in mind where I live it's 110 degrees so 10 is great in my book! Everything was easy to set up and ive already got pupae and it's not even been a week yet..very happy with how fat and healthy all the meal worms are and how fast the life cycle is going..can't wait to get my second box! -Alexis B.

by Messalina6 on May 19, 2019

On Monday evening I thought to myself, Why not order some live mealworms online for our long anticipated new hedgehog? On Tuesday night I placed my order with Exotic Nutrition (the Breeder Box starter kit + 500 small mealworms). On Friday afternoon I was opening up my box and sifting Mealworm Food into Mealworm Keeper and adding the mealworms (only about 10 of which had died in transit) as well as carrot pieces. And finally, last night I fed my new hoglet his first mealworm! It's incredibly easy to get started with the instructions that came with the kit and the links to helpful YouTube videos on this page. Now I've placed a second order for two more boxes to put my future pupae and beetles in. (I could easily punch some ventilation holes into cheap, flat lidded bins, but I love the design of these sturdy breeding boxes and the fact that they stack, so to me the $$ is worth it.) - Melissa F.

by Anonymous on March 14, 2019

Weiver maerd! -Che' D.

by Anonymous on November 25, 2018

I am about to purchase at least 2 more! Loved everything and my fur and quill babies have too! -Angelina B.

by jessicalmarchand on October 14, 2018

Comes with everything you need to start breeding. The mealworm keeper came in a different bag than shown in the image. The mealworm chow is a hit and makes for come large mealies. Overall I'm happy with the purchase. -Jessica M.

by Juliablac on October 4, 2018

The lid to the breeder box was cracked [didn't contact the seller] -Julia B.

by Anonymous on August 15, 2018

I love the product I will buy again! -Lesa D.

by Anonymous on July 27, 2018

I liked the quality of the storage container. The concern I have is that I do not believe that I received 500 MD mealworms. The worms arrived in a muslin bag (lightweight cloth) bag with newspaper. There were only a few dead ones, and I didn’t actually count them, but there is no way that 500 were in that bag. When I emailed, they told me to count the mealworms or weigh them. I couldn’t do either of those things because I had already put them in their habitat. -Jolinn B.

by Anonymous on July 11, 2018

It was a lot less than 500 mealworms . And a lot were dead on arrival. But the kids enjoy it and the tank is good quality. -Tyler

by Anonymous on July 3, 2018

Love it -James C S.

by Anonymous on July 2, 2018

-Fred T.

by Anonymous on June 27, 2018

I love it -James C S.

by Anonymous on June 11, 2018

I've had the breeder kit for almost 3 weeks now and I already have 2 beetles and over 70 Pupae. So excited that the life cycle is happening quickly. Can't wait until I can start feeding the 2nd generation to my Suggies (Yoda and Chewie). -Melinda D.

by Anonymous on March 6, 2018

by Anonymous on March 6, 2018

Love it

by Anonymous on March 3, 2018

Good to raise meal worms. -Jimmy H.

by Anonymous on February 4, 2018

I ordered the breeder kit. It came with everything I need. Can't complain.

by Anonymous on July 23, 2017

works for what i need

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