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Purina Worm Chow---Does it really work???

I have seen some people talking about the Purina Worm Chow. I searched Ebay and found 2 people that are selling it in different packaging. There are links to those items at the end of this blog. How do you know if you are getting the real deal, or just a home-made bag of stuff? Is the real stuff even that good, or is it just an added expense for the vermicomposter? I would like to hear some responses from people who have used the Purina worm chow. What did you like or dislike about it? Does it really make a difference in how fast worms reproduce and eat?

Here is what I found on Ebay:

Purina Worm Chow 10 pounds for $19.75 Free shipping--------click here

Purina Worm Chow 15 pounds for $25.00 including shipping--click here

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Comment by Andrew from California on November 12, 2010 at 2:08am
Purina earthworm chow comes in 50 lb. bags and costs $13-15. It's not exactly easy to find, so people repackage it in smaller bags and sell it for the various prices you've found. I have not done a controlled experiment to see if the worms reproduce any faster, but there is no doubt they eat it faster than just about any "normal" worm food. If you only want to process food scraps, then it's not worth buying. If you have a lot of worms and want to produce a lot of VC or sell worms and VC, then it's well worth $15. I posted a blog recently on how to find a Purina dealer that sells it.
Comment by The Garbage Guru on November 12, 2010 at 4:07am
If you want to process food waste.I would use this stuff as a suppliment only.Worms love this stuff so much they will forget about any other food to eat it! Whoever invented this stuff knows what they were doing.I use it sparingly.And when i want the vc broken up good,i will put an extra dash in.They will turn the bedding over to get to every speck of it.
If you were to breed worms for sale it is the best.But i would not see a normal situation benefiting from a worm chow surplus.Like i said,you use this to put them into a feeding/breeding frenzy.Then give them some table scraps too!
I would only try the smallest bag.I bought fifty pounds,gave Andrew a un weighed portion of it.And still have two five gallon buckets full.I swear someone is sneeking in and filling them back up,playing a joke on me! If you feed table scraps,you just use this as an appetizer.But it does have ingredients to produce some prize winning worms!
Comment by Micah on November 12, 2010 at 10:15am
I bought a 1 pound bag of the worm chow to try. The cost was $6.95 including shipping. If I like how it works, I may buy a larger quantity later on.
Comment by Andrew from California on November 12, 2010 at 10:50am
The bag Larry sent me was ~9 lbs. It fit in a USPS Medium Priority Mail flat rate box, which costs ~$11 to send anywhere in the U.S. If you split a 50 lbs. bag into 6 portions and ship 5 of them at a cost of $55, the total cost would be ~$70. Split that between 6 people and it's ~$12 per 8.3 lb. portion ($1.50/lb.) Basically the 15 lbs for $25 deal ($1.67/lb.) posted above is pretty fair. They're marking up the worm chow 100% and charging the cost of shipping (probably a Large Priority Mail flat rate box).
Comment by Micah on November 12, 2010 at 12:13pm
If I want to buy more, I will probably by some from you guys if you are selling it.
Comment by KEITH SHUMAKER on November 12, 2010 at 1:49pm
YOU CAN GET 50 POUNDS FROM PURINA MILLS FOR AROUND $ 17.00 US SO THE ONES SELLING ON LINE ARE RIPPING YOU OFF
Comment by The Garbage Guru on November 12, 2010 at 4:17pm
Springtails in my book add value to VC.I don't get many unfortunately.But they eat microbes and supposedly fungaie.So they will certainly add to the quality of your vc.In other words,don't panic if you see springtails.They love wet rotting veggies.And help speed up the breaking down process.My bin is a little on the dry side at times.And with a lot of manure,seems to deter springtails.But i use sowbugs to add to vc also.Any non harmful specie adds to diversity.Rock,you got some good vc by the way.You may have to pick veggies more than once a day using that good stuff!
Comment by John Duffy on November 12, 2010 at 7:36pm
Micah, Do not buy Purina Worm Chow online. Find a Purina dealer in your area & order a 50 lb bag. I paid $13.87 for a 50 lb bag that has lasted me all year. The worms love it! I usually feed my worms fruit & veggie scraps & aged horse manure and I only top-feed about 6 ounces of worm chow about every 3 or 4 days just to diversify their diet. Don't mix the worm chow with the bedding because it can go sour. I've found that the worms really go feeding crazy when I add a couple ounces of powdered egg shells...Sprinkle the chow on top & mist it with water.
Comment by Andrew from California on November 12, 2010 at 10:38pm
I wouldn't say the above worm chow prices are "rip offs". $10.70 of the first and $14.50 of the second is the cost of postage. If you assume the cost of the worm chow alone is 30¢/lb., then the cost of 10 lbs. is $3 and 15 lbs. $4.50. The seller is making a profit of $6 for each shipment. Even if they can get a bulk discount for the worm chow, that would only add another $1-2 per order. You'd have to sell a lot of those to make it worth the time and energy to re-bag and pack the orders for shipping.

Of course buying a 50 lb. bag would be cheapest if you had a source nearby. Just remember that it will take you years to use that up unless you have a lot of worms. I'm using it to feed ~12 lbs. of EEs and EHs and I'm using it at a rate of ~1 lb. per month.
Comment by The Garbage Guru on November 13, 2010 at 4:51am
I have the better luck by spraying the bedding first,then sprinkling it on dry,and that is it.I tried dry,then spraying it with water.And noticed it gives off a strong worm chow odor wetting it down.Not much difference,unless you want to reduce the odor in your house.It does smell a tad!

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