what happened to my worms?

zzackey(8b GA)November 3, 2012

I had about 1000 red wigglers in my rubbermaid tub. I put new bedding in a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen any activity lately. I dug around and only found a small section that had some worms in it. What happened? I've always used neswpapers shredded for bedding.

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mendopete

Is your RM tub outside?. When low-pressure weather systems come through worms like to climb? Maybe they left. If they died you would probably smell them.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 9:43PM
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11otis

How long has it been since you set up the bin and when did you add the worms?

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 12:24PM
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equinoxequinox

The full moon right with the storm coincided with me finding a swarm of freshwater apple snails that had left the tank.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 12:31AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

They are inside. I've had them about 2-3 years.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 9:47PM
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Aindra(8, BC)

I'd like to know how do you add the beddings to your bin. Do you harvest whole bin, then replace it with bedding as if it's a brand-new worm bin?

If so, the worms may be in a shock because it's sudden change in environment so they may be grouping in particular spots at bottom level that is most comfortable for them and you're missing them.

If you're seeing new castings when you turn over the beddings, they're still around.

If you really believe your worms are dying somehow, you can "reharvest" the bin and sift through it to look for the worms but it'll disturb them though. So look for castings instead.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 1:39AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I use a small plastic trowel to move the stuff and worms around. I was told this wouldn't hurt them. We just use a few for fishing now and then and leave the rest alone. I don't remember seeing castings. How big are they?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 5:08PM
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11otis

This is what a pile of worm castings look like:
http://www.friendlywormguy.com/news/worm-beds-and-harvesting-worm-castings/

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:37PM
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