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I purchased 2 pounds of worms and they came two weeks ago. I put them in my bin that was set up perfectly (go see pictures)

and now i have less than a pound left. What the hell. 

Why do they keep dying...

It's perfectly moist
there is ONLY cantaloupe and some a few bananas in the bin
and manure...
they don't like manure?
it's bs
im about done.
50 dollars wasted  

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How are you weighing the worms after you put them in the bin? How do you know they are dying?

If the manure isn't aged/pre-composted then there is a chance it might have de-worming medication in it still, and that would certainly kill the worms. Maybe move some worms to a bin with paper bedding...
I agree, determining the possible cause of death would be the first thing to do. What do the dead worms look like? Is the material you fed spread all throughout the bin or do the worms have places to go to if areas get unfavorable?
yep, try to simulate different ecosystems in your bin ... parts with manure, parts with shredded leafs/cardboard, etc... and see if they avoid certain areas ... then you might be on to something ...

best of luck
they don't avoid anything, they stay throughout the bin. they enjoy the food area in the bin more than the paper and leaves area.
Any chance the manure has active animal de-wormer?
1, I would NOT use bagged manure from Home Depot.. or any bagged manure for that matter.Who knows what was used to make it.

Too true i once got a bag of sticks and dirt in a bag that said; composted steer manure blend.

When buying bagged manure look to see if it has a ingredient label. If it has a label and there is more than one ingredient don't buy it. The ingredient listed on the bag should only say "Manure".
And don't be shy about poking a hole in the bag to see the quality of the contents.
I'd start by emptying out at least one of your bins and re-starting it. Learning from mistakes is part of the process. Luckily prime worming weather is around the corner, so all the worms that are left should be reproducing like bunnies soon. Happened to a lot of us :) .
I add manure because my worms are now out eating my scrap supply by a long shot. And the manure is only 1.25 for a 2 cubic foot bag.

Oh it is damp and black. The manure turns black as it is composted. Uncompounded its green (food was grass or green hay).
Brown is probably from the drying process and whatever they blended it with.
You can get all sorts of horrible things in manure, you don't know what's been fed or medicated to the animals, or sprayed and so on...

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicgardening/herbicide_damage.php

If herbicides can get through the animals, so could things that could be fatal for worms.
If you want to use manure, get it directly from a source you know is clean.
Chalen, any chance you can sort your photos by the date they were taken? ning sorts them by the date they were added to your homepage, but it's hard to figure out the chronology of events. Aside from the manure that's already been mentioned, the paper paste & peat moss are also things not commonly added to worm bins. A couple of photos show possibly too much "fresh" foodstock, so the date of those photos could also shed some light. Overfeeding is easily the most common problem, but if "ONLY cantaloupe and some a few bananas" remain...that sounds like they're processing the food well enough.

I'll repeat Jason's questions: how do you know you only have a pound left? Did you actually see dead worms? Is it possible the worms have just burrowed to the bottom?
I understand that peat doesn't have any nutritional value but saying that it's not used in bins seems to be a stretch. I have used peat for a very long time.
It just not used a lot. Just because you have to go out and buy it.
Most people have all the free bedding they will ever need in the scrap paper around the house.

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