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i thought that it would be nice to have a group for pioneering with new tybes of worm farming or new types of worms that you cross bread or any new ideA that you have with worm composting

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harvesting worm castings the easy way 3 Replies

Started by Claudia. Last reply by Wolfgang Ritter Aug 7, 2014.

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Comment by Stephen Sibley on March 19, 2009 at 10:52am
Do you have any idea if it would be good to add steer manure too the worm compost....dont they like horse manure? is it similar?
Comment by Dan Ence on April 6, 2009 at 10:33am
Hi Stephen...there is a guy that lives by me that feeds only steer manure to his worms. My understanding is that the two kinds of manure are very similar.
Comment by Drew lewis on May 2, 2009 at 5:04pm
I have heard of people using rabbit,steer,horse,cow,and pig manure composted first.
I have heard of poultry too but i am told it needs to be mixed with something else first because it is too"hot"
Comment by Sue on May 21, 2009 at 3:26pm
I do not agree with purposely (sp?) cross-breeding the worms. We have enough worms to choose from to serve our purpose. And it is Composting. So, stay with nature.

About steer manure, if it is aged, I think that would be safe. I would not feed my indoor worms manure. Somehow, the idea of having manure in the kitchen is not appetizing.
But ONE DAY, when I have a 90 gl. bin that will be out side I will feed them manure too.
Comment by Garden Citizen on January 24, 2010 at 11:49pm
When you are referring to "steers", are you referring to neutered male bovine or just bovine in general? It can make a difference on what the farmers are giving them as far as medications etc., that are transferred into the manure.

To be safe, with any animal manure, you should become informed as to what they have ingested (medications, hormones, etc.) to make sure that nothing harmful will be passed on to your worms through the manure. Some harmful things may become "inactive" after the aging process, but know for sure before feeding it to your worms.
Comment by Jason Kalka on January 25, 2011 at 4:09pm
Larry, I can see your book now, the cover made of an old RM bin, 100% recycled paper, and a built in VC sifter.  Lol can't wait to buy one.
Comment by jolj on February 4, 2011 at 8:34pm

40 odd years ago, back on the farm red worms would live in a mix of fresh steaming & older mud-manure mix out side of the barn. We also had them under the rabbit cage, which was on 4 foot legs. I still have a hard time with all the persons who swear that red worms can not live or move around in the soil. We never bought red worms, they just showed up in the mud- manure mix.

We had night crawler in the older more composted places to, these are the ones we fished with.

Comment by Lee Jolliffe on March 13, 2011 at 6:12am
Jolj, I keep wondering about that too. I mean, am I really condemning my worms to certain death if I miss a few and they wind up outside in the garden? Or will they just migrate to my compost heap and wait for new additions? I do notice that the indoor worms, red wigglers, will clump up in huge blobs sometimes (usually when they're ticked off about a change in the bin), and I've never seen the manure worms outdoors doing THAT. But I keep wondering.... Guess I'll do an experiment of some sort, eventually.
Comment by Lee Jolliffe on March 13, 2011 at 6:35am
thanks, GG. That must mean some of my outdoor worms are a similar variety, because my top layers of garden soil are full of SOMEbody that looks like a red wiggler. My gardening books do say to add a thick mulch in the fall "to protect your garden worms". I'm glad to know I"m not killing the strays and cocoons that wind up outside.
Comment by Rich Feiller on October 29, 2011 at 9:44pm
a  "red wiggler" that you very well be seing in your manure piles is lumbricus rubellus, it is related to a night crawler lumbricus terrestris. they live in the soil but are a composter. they were in the past sold as red wigglers. they are larger then the EF's. i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people aren't actually raising these LR thinking they are EF's. LR's were sold in the 70's as red wigglers.

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