Rightpet

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Breeder,
Bred invertebrate myself

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Temperament

5/5

Easy to handle

5/5

Visibility

1/5

Easy to keep

5/5

Health

5/5

ActivityLevel

1/5

Red Earthworm

By

Georgia, United States

Posted Mar 17, 2013

My mother decided when I was about 6 years old to raise red earthworms to sell to local fisherman. We took an old refrigerator/freezer, removed the door, and loaded it with a good rich soil. We bought our young red wigglers and put them in the box. Every day we turned the soil to make sure it stayed aerated and fed the worms kitchen compost. The worms grew very fast and started reproducing quickly. We used the freezer part of the fridge to sort out our biggest reds to sell. Eventually we had to incorporate a couple of other boxes to continue raising them. It was a lot of fun to learn about them, and even as a child I enjoyed helping "feed" them and sort them. This is a fun venture that anyone can do, even on a deck, providing there is good soil, holes in the bottom of the box, or a cover to keep the rain from filling the box and drowning the worms. We also had to keep the soil moist, but not wet. We would dampen the soil, turn it and dampen it again. Then we placed small flat pieces of board on top to hold in the moisture. The boards did NOT cover the entire dirt surface. The worms like to burrow close to the wood. I recommend them for all ages under adult supervision!

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