Worm least favorites.

sbryce_gwMay 3, 2014

Every now and then someone will start a thread about their worms' favorite foods. Horse manure, pumpkin and watermelon all get high votes. Have you made any worm food mistakes? Since nearly all of us do something wrong at first, I thought it might be fun to share our worm's least favorite foods: the foods we wish we had not fed to the worms.

I have two.

Crab apples. I was looking for something to feed the worms, and found a bunch of crab apples on the ground under a tree. Weeks later they still had not broken down at all. I finally pulled them out and ran them through a meat grinder. They still took a long time to break down.

Rice. I got some bugs in some rice in the pantry, so I fed the rice to the worms. It got hot and stunk. It also grew a lot of mold that sucked the moisture out of the bedding. This is the one time I nearly killed my worms. I pushed all the bedding over to one side, then put fresh bedding in the other side to give the worms a place to escape to. It took some time, but the rice finally got to a stage where the worms would eat it. After that, I added only small amounts at a time until it was all gone.

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Sbyrce, you too!!!
A few years ago I fed mine brown rice. It overheated, unbeknownst to me and I almost cooked my whole herd. I took the lid off and the bin was steaming!!!!

I put cold bottles of water in the bin to cool it as quick as I could and rescued the lads.

I no longer feed them rice of any kind (they love pasta though).

Apple peelings will languish "forever". They don't care for that at all.

Corn cobs eventually get eaten but it takes a long time.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 4:08PM
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Apple peelings seem to be a least favorite of mine, too (even though I've only had them a month). I got tired of seeing them hanging around so I took them out and threw them in a hole in the ground. :) I hope to not discover too many more "least favorites"... I'm pretty sure I have nightmares of killing off my squirm.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 11:21PM
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Corn cobs actually break down nicely if you grind them up. One pass through the meat grinder's auger, and the worms were all over them.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 11:11AM
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Pineapple. Killed a whole bin with a couple handsful of pineapple.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 12:11AM
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In my country, the worms not like guacamole made by other than Maria Danger.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 8:21AM
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