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eudrillus eugeniea wormers

the african nightcrawler worm is a great composting worm or bait worm just protect it from the cold

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Started by Avi Ceasar May 17, 2014.

Info on African Nightcrawlers (Eudrilus eugeniae aka EE) 20 Replies

Started by Andrew from California. Last reply by Jim Hunt Mar 24, 2012.

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Started by Peter Barnard. Last reply by Andrew from California Oct 22, 2010.

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Comment by Beth & Dave on May 17, 2009 at 6:23pm
Hi, We love this worm too and yes it puts out a ton of castings. We are disappointed in it's reproduction rate. It seems to be a lot slower than the Eisenia fetida and the Eisenia hortensis. I think that you may have the spelling wrong. Should it be Eudrilus eugeniae?
Comment by Drew lewis on May 21, 2009 at 7:37pm
What is the temp in your bed ?
I am told your bedding needs to be in the mid to upper 70's for the worms to reproduce the most.
I am also discovering that they can eat almost their weight in feed stock a day
not half like some suggest.
Comment by Beth & Dave on May 21, 2009 at 9:57pm
Hi Drew. I'm not sure, we'll have to see. The air temp has been warmer lately...70's to 100"s.

Last month, we took out 30 lbs. of castings from 10 lbs. of worms that had been in a bed for 5-6 weeks. Not bad.

We also had a fisherman tell us that they were very lively and active in the water. He said that he would love to fish with them again.

The African is an all around great worm!

Comment by Beth & Dave on July 4, 2009 at 10:38am
You were right on with the temperature. Lately our Africans have been reproducing like crazy. At least one cocoon per week and the babies grow FAST!! Right now they are also our best in producing castings too.
Comment by Dwight Zgavec on November 24, 2009 at 8:34am
I need some input on bin size. I am looking to maximize cocoon production. I am starting with 250 "Eudrillus eugeniae", African Nightcrawler breeders. I am adding an additional 500 at the beginning of next month. How much space would 250 breeders need?
Comment by Beth & Dave on December 5, 2009 at 9:07pm
Check out this article that we have on our website. I think that it has all the information that you are looking for.
Comment by Andrew from California on August 27, 2010 at 8:35am
Anyone home? I guess all the African nightcrawler aficionados are MIA or lurking so deep they can't see the light. I received my EEs 44 hrs. ago and I'm already a big fan. C'mon back if you're out there.
Comment by Andrew from California on October 7, 2010 at 7:15am
Alright, Larry! I think Pete just joined us, so we'll be the Three Musketeers of the EE crowd. Maybe we can get Pat J. to join us and make it the Four Musketeers. As one young whippersnapper recently taught me, the proper cyberspeak is "neway" (pronounced knee-way).

Neway, you wanna be careful those bricks don't get too hot during the day. EEs like it toasty, but I think they may actually be less able to survive really high temps than EFs. Those little fellas are probably the most adaptable of the composting worm species, which is of course why they're still the most commonly used species. You might want to drill a hole into the bucket and stick a probe thermometer in there so you can quickly check bedding temp.

You know how you said EEs must be distant cousins to PEs? Well, one trait they share is they don't like to be disturbed. I had absolutely no problems with wandering worms for over a month, but after my little worm and bedding harvest the other day, four climbed the walls and found a way pass the screen lid and onto the floor. Three of them made it ten feet to within a few inches of the front door.
Comment by Peter Barnard on October 7, 2010 at 7:33am
Andrew, I'm curious: 3 pounds of EE's, 6 pounds of EH's, and a good few pounds of Reds. That's an awfully big family to feed . . ??
Comment by Andrew from California on October 7, 2010 at 9:39am
Pete, the indoor bins (EE & EH) are getting mostly cardboard & leaves laced with worm chow. With the exception of melon rinds, the EEs don't really seem to go for other food scraps. They'd rather eat the paper products. The EHs are supposedly also fond of paper and leaves, but I will be trying different food scraps to see what they like. Pumpkin season is approaching and if they like that I'll be freezing a good supply for them.

The big EF bins get 95% of the kitchen scraps. They're also working on a good batch of straw and rabbit manure which should keep them busy for quite some time. The EFs require practically no work to feed. I just empty my pre-rot ziplock bags into the bins.

I know it sounds like a lot of worms to feed, but it really doesn't require that much work to keep them happily fed. The fact they eat bedding is the primary reason it's very difficult to starve worms. The indoor bins take the most work: freezing scraps & sprinkling worm chow.


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