Yes, worms do consume dog, cat, and kitty litter poo (as long as it is a paper or timber based product). Modern animal worm treatments do not affect compost worms, according to recent research conducted by us and a veterinary clinic in the USA. So it's okay to use newly dewormed animal waste as worm feeding in your worm farm.
Dog faeces require to be mixed with high carbon material. This material can be cardboard that has been shredded, dry leaves, old compost, peat moss, or coco coir. Ironically, despite the fact that dog poop is strong in nitrogen and is referred to as a "green" diet, these high carbon compounds are referred to as "browns."
Our own Little Rotter is the ideal worm farm to feed dog and cat waste to. They are simple, safe and easy to use. Check them out here.
To get started, we advise you to get 1000 compost worms for every person living in your home. Therefore, ordering 4000 compost worms for your worm farm would be ideal if there are 4 people living in your home.
If you buy 1000 adult worms from our Bag O Worms and fill in the gaps with our Compost Worm Bombs, which are significantly more affordable and have smaller worms and eggs. However it is important to note that with fewer worms, your worm farm will still function, but will convert waste much more slowly.
Most items that were once alive but are now dead and rotting will be consumed by compost worms. In fact, they favour eating the microscopic organisms that are rotting the organic matter. Worms rely on other creatures to break down their food because they lack teeth. Worms can thrive on leftover food from the kitchen.
Paper, cardboard, grass clippings, animal manure, leaves, and other domestic garbage are also beneficial to worms. Don't give your worms meat if you don't like maggots. Keep in mind that worms have no teeth, so first chop, shred, or mush the worm meal. Also keep in mind that worms, like all animals, benefit from a diversified diet. So change things up and try to alter your food as much as you can - keeping moderation in mind.
Compost worms are rumoured to consume up to half their body weight each day. This number, in our experience, varies greatly. From as little as 1/100th of their body weight per day (bran) to as much as 10 times their body weight per day (mill mud/filter press). Everything depends on the kind of food, its particle size, its nutrient content, etc. You may anticipate 1000 worms to consume 1/2 a cup (125 ml) of kitchen scraps per day if you cut or mush them up.
No, compost worms have a built-in system that prevents them from reproducing once their food/volume density reaches a certain level. This implies that depending on the amount of food you feed them and the environment in which they are kept, the worms will self-regulate their population.
Both native and compost worms can be added to your garden beds.
In the soil, various worm species will serve various purposes. For instance, native worms will structure your soil to offer it exceptional water and nutrient retaining capabilities, whereas compost worms will provide fertility and disease resistance to your soil.
You must maintain a consistent mulch layer on top of the soil and maintain an acceptable level of soil moisture before adding worms. Regularly adding ruminant animal manure will aid in providing food for the worms. Another option is to use our Little Rotter Worm Farm, which offers the ideal environment for the worms with food and moisture.
Having a separate container just for your bait worms is your best bet for growing large worms for bait. A polystyrene box serves as a good container.
To develop into giant worms, bait worms need to meet two fundamental requirements. Many square feet, especially on the surface, and NO young worms.
Make sure your standard worm bedding is completely free of worm eggs and small worms before adding it to your bait worm box halfway. From your worm farm, select a hundred or more of the bigger worms, and then add them to your bait box. Feed your bait worms your preferred worm food; wet chicken pellets work well. Once the bait worms are big enough, take them all out and throw away the bedding and start the process again.
Worms should not be added to potted plants, in my opinion.
Worms need to be fed frequently, but doing so in a potted plant is challenging. The worms will probably eventually consume all of your potting medium before dying or leaving. When watered, the potting medium will then lose its loose porosity structure and become overly compact.
The better choice for you would be to purchase or build a standalone worm farm and add worms to it. When you receive castings from your worm farm, you can either add them directly to your houseplants or liquefy them to make a worm cast tea before watering them.
It’s time to take the plunge into the world of worms, start your composting journey today!
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