worms are lethargic
I started a home made five gallon bucket worm farm about 5 weeks ago with a 1000 worms. The first two weeks the worms did well and ate a couple of pounds of vegetable scraps. About three weeks ago they started to get lethargic( slow moving and limp). I added some peat moss and some store bought top soil thinking that the bucket had gotten too wet. The next two weeks were hot here every day 90 deg and above, Worms stayed lethargic but were climbing the wall at night.
So thinking that the worms were crowded in the bucket. I made a new worm container with a 30 gal bin. I drilled about 20 holes in the bottom of the bin and put two 1-1/2 square inch(free air) vents at the top of the bin. I've put the bin in a store room with a max daytiime temp of 85 degrees. I've had the worms in the bin for a week now and they are still lethargic and don't seem to be interested in the food pulp I gave them earlier today.
I have not had any leachate drainage but the sides of the bin have condensation on them. The soil does not seem to either too wet or too dry but for some reason I seem to have less worms than I started with and they don't seem to be active. Can anyone give me suggestions? Should I change bedding all together or am I bothering the worms too much? Do un-composed potato peels cause a problem?