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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 Paula Allen on December 2, 2010 at 9:28pm
They deserve a treat for all the work they are doing. ;-)
Comment by Diana on December 3, 2010 at 3:49pm
well I feed my worms veggies most of the time but when I'm out of town I have nothing to feed them so I had to get something... if you buy a grits, corn meal and oats to add up to 50 pounds I think it would be a lot more then $15.00. We do not have any grain mills here in Miami... Wow!!! Molasses I'll have to try that one thanks
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 4, 2010 at 7:13pm
Our local Ace Hardware is a Purina dealer. Today they told me they can order Worm Chow for me anytime I need some.
Comment by Diana on December 5, 2010 at 6:18am
oh wonderful bpearcy thats good I like to just have it on hand... how much are they going to charge you for it.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 5, 2010 at 11:25am
Diana,

I'm sorry to say that after confirming they can order it I left without getting a price, but based on stuff I've read on the web it sounds like most can get 50 lbs for less than $20.
Comment by Hinzy on December 23, 2013 at 11:49am

Anyone try to make their own homemade version?

 

Comment by Hinzy on December 23, 2013 at 11:53am

What's the best way to feed it? Sprinkle on top and cover? Mist to moisten?

Comment by Andrew from California on December 23, 2013 at 6:33pm

I usually sprayed the surface with a fine mist of water, then sprinkled the chow. It would be damp, but not soggy. If you mist first, the chow sticks to the surface even if it's not flat.

If you can find a source for it, it's so cheap that I don't think you could buy ingredients for a DIY recipe for much less.

Comment by Patricia on December 23, 2013 at 9:32pm

It is very easy to make.  Nothing in it (as far as my research on the internet went), corn meal, oats, and egg shell.  I put it into a blender or processor or blender (dry) and sprinkle it on top.  if your compost is dry, just spritz the top.  Very cheap to make.    

Comment by Patricia on December 23, 2013 at 9:35pm

And I forgot to say that all of this can be picked up at a dollar store if you have one.  I freeze the cornmeal first though to kill any eggs or something that might be in it as well as the oats. and make sure the egg shells have been frozen and dried out by air or oven to kill any salmonella.     

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