My new bin's first day
Someone gave me a coffee container full of red worms today which forced me to get my new bin set up. I soaked the cardboard boxes overnight and tore it into small strips. It seemed a little too wet so I added some dry newspaper and cardboard and some soil.
I used a huge rubbermaid container only because I already had it (I think it's like 40 to 50 gal). The container is clear which I know they don't like so I lined up some of the cardboard on all sides to keep light out. I drilled lots of holes all around near the top, at the bottom of the container and on the lid.
There was a small piece of fruit in the coffee container so I didn't feed them because I've read that they need a little time to get settled. When I added everything (worms included) I sealed the box because I'm afraid to attract other animals (rodents, squirrel, gophers, ...). I put the container on the side of the house (always shaded). I plan on feeding them about a cup or two of food I've been saving for them all this week.
Did I do everything right? Is it okay to keep the lid on? I hope they grow into their huge bin quickly!
I also wanted to thank everyone in this forum for answering my dumb questions. What a bunch of nice people!