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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2018, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Decided to try raising my own night crawlers for fishing. I have been catching them in the yard & putting them in a plastic tote in shredded moist newspaper. I am starting small until I see how it goes. Feeding them vegetable scraps. Do you have to put them in a blender to puree them or will they eat them cut up into small pieces. Anyone try raising night crawlers? Any advice would be helpful. Have them in the cool basement now. Thanks for any input
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I used to raise them when I was in Jr. High school. I built a wooden box frame without a bottom about 10 inches high and filled it with dirt and commercial worm bedding and put it in my basement which had a ground floor. I caught night crawlers and put them in the box and put in coffee grounds and some organic material, chopped vegetables, lettuce and carrot tops etc and mixed in into the earth and bedding. I had good success, I was selling them worms to fishermen all over time. They were reproducing but I still had to continent to catch new ones because of the number I was selling.

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Mix peat moss in with the soil to retain moisture without flooding and to prevent the soil from compacting. My dad would make sure that the vegetable matter he put in was well rotted and ground up real well. Try not to overpopulate your holding areas. Yep, that's a judgement call but you can tell that they are overcrowding when you stat getting dead worms. Oh, and when you get a dead one, remove it immediately as they taint the soil and can lead to a massive die off.

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Decided to try raising my own night crawlers for fishing. Do you have to put them in a blender to puree them

Do NOT put the nightcrawlers in a blender to puree them. That's a bad recipe for raising them.

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Do NOT put the nightcrawlers in a blender to puree them. That's a bad recipe for raising them.

Makes a great smoothy though.
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when I raised them as a kid I used to feed them used coffee grounds.
it kept clean up of the bin easier

and the worms were active as all heck

Da hawk ate my baby!!
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I tried worm ranching once, but I could never master getting the lasso around their small head.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 01:31 PM
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Yo have use a string with barbs, other wist the loop slips off because of the slime. It helps to herd them into a group as well.

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