Yes I would still give the 2-3 drops (no more) of water at the end of the feeding. Not only are they not getting the proper nurishment like they would with parents feeding, but they aren't getting the moisture either. Normal food is usually dragon flies & they can be very juicy. Dehydration can kill a chick just as quick as starvation.
The adults in my colony last year abandoned chicks due to drought & lack of being able to find enough food to keep chicks feed. They will look after themselves first, chicks 2nd. It was very hot & dry & we had very few bugs of any kind last summer.
Yes meal worms should work the same. I never froze mine. If you put them in the refrigerator they sort of go dormant & will last for at least 2 weeks or more. However if you think the weather will turn soon & you won't use them in 2 weeks then I'd opt to freeze them for 24 hours, dump the bedding material off they usually come in & bag them up. I would think thawing would be about the same as for crickets.
Glad I could offer you advice. Do what you can & don't beat yourself up if some don't make it. One feeding may be enough to keep them going until things change. As much as we want to save every single one, we often can't.
Toy in PA
Thank you for such EXCELLENT and very detailed information on how I can try and feed nestlings. I am copying this for reference.
A question ToyinPA. Would you still put 2 to 3 drops of water down the beak at the same time if you dip their crickets/mealworms in clear pedalyite or just do one of the other?
Im just curious, do you know why the adults abandoned the young in the situation you described where you fed babies for 4 weeks?
You closing instruction on how to freeze and thaw crickets will be very helpful as well. THANK YOU. My mom has just purchased 1000 mealworms on line so I suspect the same process can be used for them as well. This is why I am printing your post.
Though I cannot feed them 3 to 4 times daily because of work and I do not live here, I will follow these great guide lines and do what I am able to do with hope that the parents pick up the slack since this cold snap is supposed to be over. One feeding may make my efforts futile but I will try anyway.