One week down!
First week with my European Nightcrawler worms has passed. I decided to dig around in the bin a little bit and see what is going on. Here are my observations:
They gathered in the two locations where the food was placed (some Friday, some Monday).....but everywhere else too! Seeing as the bedding is also food, I suppose this makes sense.
Some worms are VERY lively, some not so much. If I take out the lethargic ones, however, they start to wriggle a bit more.
When digging in my bin I had my first couple try to escape. I suppose they didn't like me in there too much!
Didn't see any cocoons--but then again, not sure what they would look like...and there's SO much bedding (I think I went a little too deep) that I think it would be hard to find.
Bin doesn't smell, despite the various food (some pieces of bell pepper, banana peel, two slices of tomato, crushed egg shell, and some apple slices)
Also found my first and only (that I noticed) dead worm. It was at the top of the bin in the first inch or so of bedding.
Going to leave them alone for another week or two at least. Don't want to mess with them too much. Some of the food is gone, some is still breaking down. I think I'm going to wait until next week to feed again.
Are any of these observations consistent with your own when you began your first bin? Also--when should I expect to start seeing cocoons. Based on my observations, and from what I have read, I have a "healthy" bin....but I keep worrying I'm going to screw something up!