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Posted October 13, 2013 - 07:19 PM

I was going to just wait until spring to start raising worm after my first post/question .  Anyway my wife and I took the dog for a walk in the woods today and she said " look at these worms ! "  We only had the dogs poop bags but it work good enough. I took a plastic 18 gl container and drilled holes in the bottom , sides and top . Counted 51 worms for my start .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted October 13, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Keep them moist & cool...no direct sunlight. Keep us informed of your wealth.  :thumbs:


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Posted October 13, 2013 - 08:10 PM

if that is woods dirt, make sure you didnt bring back any unwanted guests. termites, spiders, ants... that may be how we got the ants we are fighting around here.
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Posted October 13, 2013 - 09:50 PM

Al, you may want to put a piece of window screen inside the tub, those holes look pretty big.Worms can get thru pretty small holes.


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Posted October 14, 2013 - 12:27 AM

And, from my sadder Budweiser olden days...  MAKE SURE you protect your entire spread from predators like, possums, rats, racoons, skunks, Canada geese and in my particular case peacocks with heavy wire. (Neighbor had 4 zoo "extras" running around the place.).  All of the above will decimate an entire farm in no time!


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Posted October 14, 2013 - 05:30 AM

I'm going to have to address all these suggestion you all have giving me , thanks,,  this is a learning exp. for me . Like anything else i'm sure I'll be tweeking and changing thing . I'm already thinking that it might be best just to move them into the garage where I keep my tractors in then when it gets really cold move into the area where my wife parks her car , I didn't think it went much below 35f'* last year . I bet my wife will want to take some fishing this week .


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Posted October 14, 2013 - 09:13 AM

My dad would put a layer of dead leves on top, wet, then he had some old burlap sacks thaty he cut and put on top. They made a nice cover for it. he kept his in the garage year round, but then he just kept them for he occassionally walk to the fishing hole up the road.


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Posted October 14, 2013 - 09:25 AM

I've wanted to do this. How long will 51 worms live in a tub that size without adding anything?

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Posted October 14, 2013 - 10:37 AM

How long will 51 worms live in a tub that size without adding anything?

 

 

I plan on putting kitchen scraps in, right now I'm not sure how much but we save the peelings , and things like that for the compost pile in a SS  container with a snap tight lid ( kind of looks like one of those old Mason jars )  right by the sink .


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Posted October 14, 2013 - 10:50 AM

I've tried before but never had any luck with them. I would like to do it for my chickens.

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Posted October 14, 2013 - 12:22 PM

We have red wigglers, not really like wild caught earthworms, but worms non the less. With them I shred
newspapers, wet and then squeeze out and lay them on top of the accumulated litter. Only feed them vegetable matter, no meat or grease, and just bury it in one corner of the pen. As they eat it up you can move the next feeding to another spot in the pen and just rotate the feedings this way. It makes it easy to find your worms this way as they follow the food around, and if you want some nice soil for a houseplant you can take some and not worry about whether or not you are taking worms along with it. By the way, their very favourite food is banana peel--- go figure!
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Posted October 14, 2013 - 02:57 PM

I've wanted to do this. How long will 51 worms live in a tub that size without adding anything?

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My dad would hunt his night crawlers after dark or early morning. He would keep 6-7 dozens in a 3 or 5 gal bucket. As long as he threw in a few scraps and kept it moist, they stayed alive for months on end.

I had gorgotten about the newspaper, he would use that sometimes too and he sometimes bought the commercial bedding to mix in too, it looked like the gray blow-in insulation.

I get crickets for my son's reptiles from a local supplier that raises them in their barn. They use worms to break down the cricket poop, then spread the rich dirt on their yard. Pretty cool. They haven't gotten to the point of selling worms yet.


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 05:45 AM

Lost a few worms , they might have been damaged before I picked them from the walking path anyway . It was nice last night that all we had to take a few worms out and go to my sons pond and do a little fishing  That made the wife HAPPY  ok not THAT happy I still had to do the supper dishes when we got home lol .



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Posted October 16, 2013 - 05:55 AM

Will they reproduce for you in there?



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Posted October 16, 2013 - 07:45 AM

 

Will they reproduce for you in there?

 

 From what others have said if everything goes right they should , hope so because I'm not sure I would ever find 50+ worms just walking  in the woods again but from now on I'll be keeping an eye out  or down lol






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