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i want to raise canadian nightcrawlers

i have herd that you cant raise canadian nightrawlers in captivety but i wanted to test that theory for my self so i went to the gas station and bought 2 dozen i made a bin about 1 foot deep with a 50/50 mix of manur and dirt and im keeping it at about 50 degrees f any advice would be helpful thank you

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Comment by Andrew from California on January 4, 2010 at 10:07pm
You might want to read this: Nightcrawlers

It sounds like they need more than 1 ft. of depth for their burrows. What if you used a box that did NOT have a bottom? Put the box outside on soil and fill it with manure and regular worm food stock. Cover it with an old rug or something that allows aeration while still keeping birds & critters out. Maybe the nightcrawlers will burrow into the soil while coming up to feed in the worm box.
Comment by Michele on January 9, 2010 at 6:06am
I've been thinking of doing the same experiment. Let us know how it works out. From the reseach I've read keeping them alive is failry simple as long as they stay cold enough, breeding is the impossible part.
Comment by Lee Jolliffe on March 27, 2011 at 9:44am
Apparently, Walmart thinks you can raise Canadians in captivity, or at least keep them going. They sell a nice cheap bedding product and a powdered food. (I just came from buying them, along with a cup of 25 Canadian crawlers.) I'm going to try Lauren Kittle's methods; read here:  He gives a blow by blow description over a long period, showing he is raising them and getting cocoons very nicely. Lots of pictures, too!
Comment by Pat James on March 27, 2011 at 2:07pm

Lee, I'm pretty sure you could have saved the money on the kit (especially given your experience), but the worms at Walmart make a good starter kit.  My E. hortensis originate from 32 individuals from a 'panfish worm' tub I bought at Walmart a while back.

Keep us informed of how you do. I might just want to copy your efforts if it works out. 

For a while now I have been thinking of raising worms for fish bait. I have Eh's and EE's. The difference is if I go for it, my marketing will be a roadside stand near one of the fishing spots here...

Comment by Lee Jolliffe on March 27, 2011 at 2:46pm
I only dropped about $12 or 15, one tiny batch of worms (20), two little packs of the bedding (whew! nasty dusty stuff like from a vacuum cleaner bag), and their "magic worm food". Will let you know. These particular worms got me thinking of fishing instead of gardening, I must admit. Love to fish on a warm day, luring the elusive giant "cat." (But when I caught a big 'un at 28 inches, I was sad to kill it; it was too much the size of a pet, you know?)
Comment by Peter Lesperance on May 1, 2014 at 12:53pm

I know this is an old post I want to move my Canadian Nightcrawlers outside I have been successfully raising them in the crisper of my refrigerator for the last 2 years. I Now have both crisper's on the go and would like to move them outside. I am looking for tips on the best way to keep them in one spot outside.I use some worm bedding and food from Canadian tire along with dirt and weeds I never thought it would be possible but Everytime I do a check I find newborns and teenagers and I have some adults that are so thick that when they can stretch out from my finger tip to my elbow I am guessing a good foot but space is limited as they are growing and I must be able to transfer them outside..

Comment by Patricia on May 1, 2014 at 7:33pm

uhhhhh, let me see if I understood that right.  Your worms are in your refrigerator.  Wow...  now THAT'S dedication! haha.  And A FOOT LONG! that sounds more like a snake! haha.  

Sorry....that freaked me out.  Sounds like you are doing well, but depending on where you are in Canada (I'm in BC), it might be too warm and you might have to be very sure they are in the shade.  I have red wigglers, so perhaps someone with more experience with that breed can weigh in on this.

Comment by Peter Lesperance on May 2, 2014 at 3:49pm

I have both red wigglers and Canadian Night crawlers I have done something I was told was impossible, I live in Northern Ontario

Comment by Peter Lesperance on May 2, 2014 at 4:13pm

Just in case someone wants to see or call BS on me here's some pics of some of my larger and 1 new hatchling and 1 that is a few weeks old they are on the left the center is a larger adult and the right is the largest I have.

Comment by Patricia on May 2, 2014 at 9:25pm

OMG!!  I gonna have nightmares now.....haha

Thanks for that!  haha  Good golly...I would much rather think that you have extremely short arms....haha 


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