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So I'm cleaning up the kitchen and looking down at this small disposable plastic container that some fudge the wife bought the other day came in and I caught myself thinking, "I bet if I poked holes in that I could put worms in there".

It's about 5" wide by 8" long and 2.5" high. I figured if asked by the wife "what for?" I figure I had have a better reason than to bring worms with us on vacation so here's the plan ...

I put in some air holes and filled it with some coffee grounds, cardboard and coir bedding only.

I took twelve cocoons out of my worm factory and placed two pieces of cardboard to use as 'pedestals' in the little bin. Six cocoons on one, buried in a mound of VC from my worm factory. Six cocoons just sitting on top of the cardboard.

First, I've never gotten to witness the 'just hatched' worms. This hopefully will give me the opportunity. With a little luck I hope to get video of it in the process.

Second, I have noticed while poking through my bin that cocoons get deposited all over, including on the surface. Do worms hatch on the surface or do they need to be in the compost?

Third, I was going to throw the container out; it isn't recycleable (not here anyway) and is too flimsy a material for packing lunches. And to tell the truth, I just felt like doing it.

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Comment by Susan B on July 29, 2009 at 1:20am
All good reasons! I can see that the vacation idea might not be too popular, though. Let us know how things go. Keep the cocoons moist. If they dry out, they don't die but go into hibernation, potentially for years (they say.) Even with 'ideal conditions, it can take 16 to 21 days for the cocoons to hatch. Some may already be near that age but I'm sure some are younger. It may be a while until you can give us an update.
Comment by rom mendoza on July 29, 2009 at 7:53am
I have no way of telling when these cocoons were "laid" so all I can do is wait. And yeah, don't count on any daily, up to the minute updates. Gives me something else to look at in between feeding times for my worm factory.
Comment by Sue on July 29, 2009 at 10:49am
To shorten the waiting time, you might want to select cocoons with the darker colour. Those are the ones close to hatching.
Do you have a worm-sitter for the time you are on vacation?
Comment by rom mendoza on July 29, 2009 at 5:16pm
Hey Sue, your profile says you're in Vancouver. How are your worms doing in the heat wave? I have a lot of family there and I hear it's pretty hot there right now.

My parents live 10 minutes from my house and my brother lives closer than that. I have a few cousins in town as well that I have had house sit for me in the past. I can usually count on somebody to look after my dogs (one of the benefits of a large family) but haven't asked anyone to do anything with the worms yet.

I've been away from the worm bin for as long as a week so far and the worms seem to do OK with a little food and some more dry bedding to soak up moisture. Not a lot of heat issues in my basement so as long as I don't add too much food I think they're fine on their own.

When I'm away weekends I have noticed that they tend to do better without me poking around the bin every day. Other than feeding and bin maintenance I guess I'm just a bother for the worms. Don't have teenagers yet but I hear that's something I should get used to.
Comment by Sue on July 29, 2009 at 6:41pm
Oh yeah, it's really hot over here. Above 30. So for the past few days I have been putting frozen bottles and/or frozen wormfood in the bins. Since I don't have too much room in my freezer, I have used the zip-locked food instead of water bottle. With several layer of plastic bags and newspaper on the outside. In the evening the ziplocks get washed with soap and go back into the freezer. I have dedicated shelves for worm food in the freezer, do you think it's OK to put the ziplocks back in after they have been in a worm bin? Some people might not want to eat my food if they hear about this, LOL.
Comment by Eve on July 29, 2009 at 9:00pm
I rinse off the water bottle i use and put it back in the freezer. But i do put it on the bottom shelf.
Comment by rom mendoza on July 30, 2009 at 6:31am
Probably OK, all the food items in there are in packaging or a container aren't they? When you serve ice cream to guests I wouldn't be telling them it's been cooking in the worm bin.
Comment by Sue on July 30, 2009 at 8:41am
Rom, I wasn't using "people food" and definitely not ice-cream (what a waste) to cool off the bins. I used the worm food I packaged in zip-locks. And besides, people food are not supposed to be re-frozen once de-frosted.
Comment by rom mendoza on July 30, 2009 at 8:55am
I figured you wouldn't ... funnier my way though.


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