Do or Don’t? Feeding Live Mealworms to Attract Bluebirds

If you've been thinking about feeding live mealworms to attract bluebirds, be sure to read this first!

Bluebirds are one of the most highly sought after backyard birds, and I get many questions every spring about how to attract them. After talking about getting the proper nesting box for the bluebirds, the questions always turn to whether or not live mealworms should be feed to the birds.

Do or Don't? Feeding Live Mealworms to Attract BluebirdsRob Ripma
Rob Ripma Offering mealworms can be a great way to get Eastern Bluebirds to stick around your yard.

Follow these dos and don’ts in order to get the best results when you start feeding live mealworms.

DO offer bluebirds live mealworms. They love them!

DON’T expect mealworms to attract bluebirds to your yard. If you’ve not seen any around your home, it’s unlikely they will arrive just because you put mealworms out.

DO limit the number of mealworms that you provide. Bluebirds aren’t dependent on this food source, but they will tend to take as many as you are willing to give them.

DON’T worry if other species enjoy the mealworms as well. Chickadees, wrens, and many others will love this little treat!

DO use a mealworm feeder that keeps the larger birds out.

DON’T put mealworms out more than once of twice a day. Young birds need a diverse diet, and you can put their health at risk by allowing the adults to only feed them the mealworms that you offer.

DO sit back and enjoy watching the bluebirds nesting and feeding in your yard.

Do or Don't? Feeding Live Mealworms to Attract BluebirdsRob Ripma
Rob Ripma This is another view of the same Eastern Bluebird pictured earlier.

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.