Is there more that I should be doing here?
This is going on the second week that my worm bin has be up. I ended up with a pound of worms instead of ½ pound so I put them in an 18 gallon tub.
I used coconut coir for the bedding. I put some shredded paper over the top and after a day of letting the chill I fed them in a corner. And I actually used the dryer lint idea over the food. They seem to like that.
Now do I add any other stuff to the bedding like more paper shreds, manure, cardboard……….I feel like I should be doing more here. How can I tell when I need to add some moisture in the bed?
The day after I put them in their bed they tried to climb out. The bin is on my porch that has gaps in the flooring. I had to put the ones that escaped back in the bin and wondered if some of them fell through the gaps. I guess I will never know. I put screening over the holes to prevent them from escaping again. I also shined some light on them for about 6 hours to make them go down deep in their bedding. It has so far been ok.
But I also really want to dig around in there to make sure the whole pound of worms are all there and see how they are doing! Ha Ha! I won’t. I will leave them be.
Note from BigTex Worms:
You did not get your worms from me, so the first question I have is "Are they Red Wigglers"?
If so, then all is well, you just keep doing what your are doing. Feed, add bedding with food and keep the bin damp. That is it.
Resist the urge to stir them up but if you must, just stir half the bin otherwise you will stress them.
If you do NOT have red wigglers, then you need to contact the seller and ask them for care instructions. Other breeds have very different instructions.
This is why I sell starter bags, because worms by the pound put in a new bin with new bedding tend to try to leave.