Worm Breeding Calculator
I'm slowly trying to move towards increasing my herd to cover my family's waste needs, and also giving away as many worms to friends as I can (ie if I started with 1000, how long would it take before I could give away 1000 per week indefinately?).
Anyway, I have made a little excel spreadsheet to try and calculate just how fast a population could grow. Yes I can hear you now saying "...but there are many factors involved....yada..yada..." lol. True, but you have to start somewhere.
My VERY conservative assumptions are these:
-20 week life cycle (ie cocoon to sexual maturity)
-Each adult lays 1 cocoon per week
-Each cocoon hatches 2 reds in 10 weeks time (70 days)
-Adults live several years in good conditions
I have also added input boxes for starting number, and weekly loses (ie start with 100 mature worms, lose 10% per week, etc)
Guess how many you'd get in a year? lol
What do you think of my assumptions? Are they reasonable (given fair conditions, food and space)?
Since I can't post a file here, if you'd like a copy, post here and I'll try and email it to you.