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10 red worm egg experiment update

6 Jan

I decided to check in on a bin I had set up with only 10 red worm eggs, November 28, 2010.  To my surprise, I found several worms quickly, and the largest was this 3.5″ monster pictured above.  There was a visible clitellum, which means they have reached sexual maturity.

Red Worms will usually reach reproductive maturity in 2-3 months. Red Worms are hermaphroditic, and come equipped with both male and female reproductive organs.

This little experiment is proving out that your starting number of red worms is less important than providing the right environment for your worms.

Temperature: 40F-80F

Moisture: Damp but not wet- think of a wrung out sponge

Feeding: Simulate their natural environment (manure piles, decaying leaf piles) Feed in one part of bin when food is gone.  Worm food includes: vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, herbivore manure.

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4 redworm experiment

15 Dec

Inspired by Bentley Christie’s 4 worm experiment where his 5 1/2 month experiment with 4 mature worms rendered 12 adults and 94 juveniles.  I began a similar experiment of 2 bins with 4 worms and my normal bedding.

11-14-10 I set up up two starter bins w/ bedding and 4 mature red worms.

12-5-10 Three weeks into the experiment I did a pretty good count in one of the bins and was able to find the 4 original worms and 4 juveniles.  I was also able to find a few cocoons.  I could have easily missed counting due to the small size of juvenile worms .

From everything I can gather a mature worm can produce an egg sac every 7 days, and reach sexual maturity in 60-90 days. The two main variables I would like some data on are:
1) time it takes a cocoon to hatch?
2) number of worms in cocoon?
I have read cocoons can hatch 3-30 baby worms, and assume healthier worms in ideal conditions will hatch more.  Accurate numbers will require accurate counting, and isolating variables.

I recognize that calling this an “experiment” is a bit of a stretch but wanted to see what would happen.

10 red worm egg experiment

3 Dec

 

Last week, as an experiment  I stocked  a starter bin with bedding and 10 red worm cocoons or egg sacs.  I would love to be able to see the little rascals hatch, but as you will see in the next post, counting these little critters can be pretty difficult.  Stay tuned.

Red Worm Eggs

31 Oct

A Red Worm egg sac or cocoon can be laid every 7 days by a healthy mature red worm.  Red Worms can reach sexual maturity in about a month and a lifespan that can go into the early teens.  Red worms are hermaphoditic which means they both fertilize and lay eggs.  Eggs can have 4-30 baby red wigglers.

Keep your worms well but not over fed, moist environment, temps from 40F-80F, and in a quiet dark place and they will produce well for you.