Worm Help Please!

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Balancedmom2003, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. Balancedmom2003

    Balancedmom2003 Well-Known Member

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    I put two new cups of worms in my bin yesterday (I made the bins from the plans on the site posted by Shrek). They have been escaping during the night. I have lost 4 worms because they got out and dried out overnight(they all seem to be headed back inside to get warm). I had them sitting by the back door and there is a very cold draft there. I moved them back inside some but can you tell me how cold/warm I should keep them? I have a slightly small place and I heat with electric, I normally keep the temp set at 70.

    Thanks in advance!

    Michele
     
  2. Strange Bear

    Strange Bear Well-Known Member

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    I read somewhere that if you leave a light on the worms will stay in the boxes. They hate the light. Mine are in my barn with a bunch of straw as insulation. I will see in spring how they have faired. Good luck with yours.
     

  3. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    You need a worm wrangler.
     
  4. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Yes keep alight on over them until they settle in, and find out what they are trying to escape; bad Ph? Vibration from running freezer? Wrong temps?Too wet?
     
  5. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    I use a 18 inch flourescent UV growlight laid across the top of the bin as a containment light, but just leaving the light on in the room will do.
     
  6. Balancedmom2003

    Balancedmom2003 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for all of the help. Since I moved them away from the door area they have not tried to escape. I will put my growlight over them tonight to make sure that they don't escape again. Thanks for the advice.

    Michele