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Worms not eating
#1
hi my worms don't seem to be eating anything :Sadthere are loads of worms in the wormery, any ideas please? Thanks xx
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#2
Hi Rachel, can you tell me how long you have had your wormery up and running and what you are currently feeding yr herd.
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#3
Hi, there are number of reasons for worms not eating. You said your worms "were not eating" not that they "have stopped eating", from that I assume you have a new worm bin?

Setting up a worm bin is easy, put in some bedding, then some worms and then kitchen food waste, job done. Sadly not, there is one other ingredient required, patience, the echo-environment within your bin is very complex and takes time to come together. A new bin may take two or three months before it starts to work at capacity. So give a new bin time.

Another reason people may feel their worms are not eating properly is unrealistic expectations of their worms appetite. We have all read how our worms will eat half their body weight in food per day, some will even eat their own body weight in food each day. True, but, in order to achieve this level of consumption a lot of things need to be exactly right. The bin needs to be mature with the correct density/population of worms, the bin temperature needs to be maintained within the optimum range, the moisture level must be right, the food must be of the right sort and be prepared and presented in an acceptable way, the time of year and even the atmospheric pressure must be right (this is beyond even my wife's control). These requirements are almost impossible to maintain constantly in a small stacking bin like most of us have. The half body weight level of food consumption is for people with a large wormery like a converted bath or bigger, which they can keep inside a building.

If your worms have been eating well and suddenly stop then it's a different matter, then it's important to check that your bin has not gone anaerobic. If it smells bad then you must address this immediately. Turn the bedding over and remove any excess food or bad smelling bedding. Don't feed again until the smell is gone.

To encourage the consumption of food it's important to prepare it ready for the bin (there is no need to do this unless you want to make things easy for your worms). Our worms do not eat much of the food we put into the bin. The food we put in is eaten by microbes and bacteria, it is these that form the major part of our worms diet, the worms only eat a small amount of soft stuff after the microbes have worked it over. Most fruit and vegetable have developed a defence against these soil microbes over millions of years, if they hadn't then there would have been little for us to eat. To speed up the brake down of these defences you can cut up or chop the food, freeze it and or cook it, all of these effectively increase the surface area and exposes the soft inside of the food, for the microbes to work on.

To encourage food consumption feed little and often.

Hope that helps
Willy
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#4
Feeding Your Worms. Prefer foods which might be compatible for worms together with most fruits, greens, cereals and grains, and different natural objects like cardboard and tea luggage. It's best to reduce meals scraps into small pieces earlier than placing them within the bin. ... The worms are living in these substances and they also devour them.
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