Worms on Speed
A few months ago, I started a little experiment....kinda by accident....involving changing the way I feed some bins (I have lots of shoebox-sized ones) because we eat lots of citrus stuff like oranges and pineapple and limes from my tree and I wanted to use those waste materials. Anyway, I had lots of citrus and because that stuff should be limited, I decided to dedicate five bins to a blender mix of the citrus and lots of other veggies presented in liquified form.
For all my worming years, I've chopped stuff up a little with minimal effort producing corn-kernel sized chunks or larger that, depending on the softness of it (pumpkin, bananas, etc), either became actively attacked by the herd or laid there until it was soft enough to eat. No problem if you feed at the same rate they eat.
We all know that worms get all excited when they attack food they really like. We also know that worms can and will become lethargic if they're allowed to lay around with no treats to snack on. Sometimes they'll become morose and down in the dumps, wiggle down into the cesspool that is the poop palace of their own making, and sulk. When they do this, they also tend to become extremely funked out to the point that they exhibit a drastic reduction in interest in the opposite sex which, of course, must be confusing to them since the opposite sex and themselves are one in the same. This further addles them to the point that they can develop a contempt of themselves.
But I digress.
The five bins (compared to 5 other identical bins fed the old chunky way) that got nothing but liquified (blended to the consistency of a thick malt) foodstuff of all sorts CONSISTENTLY ATE MORE VIGOROUSLY. REQUIRED MORE FREQUENT FEEDINGS. PRODUCED MORE COCOONS. REPRODUCED MORE LITTLE WIGGLERS. WERE MORE ACTIVE. MORE RESPONSIVE TO STIMULI (WOULD MOVE MORE QUICKLY WHEN NUDGED). THEY WERE OBSERVED MUCH MORE OFTEN ENGAGED IN THE ACT OF REPRODUCTION.
From the very first days of my worming experiences, I've done it the old fashioned way, but along the way little tweeks have consistently proven to be for the most part practical. This is the most noticably significant positive improvement I've ever experimented with.
In comparing the five "pureed" food bins with the 5 chunky ones, I not only fed the blendered ones more frequently but also more volume.
This little test is ongoing, but I've converted over to the blended method with most of my bins.
One thing I've quit doing: adding water to the bins. The liquified foods provide the perfect amount of moisture and it ain't water. It's liquid nutrition which I think might cause a state of euphoria that arouses that most basic vermi emotion.......... father/motherhood.