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Raising red wiggler worms #13678931 08/24/20 07:49 PM
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Have you ever try raising worms in this area ( N. Tx.) ? Been kicking the idea around of raising some worms.
Any advise would be helpful, Thanks

Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13678946 08/24/20 07:58 PM
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Hopefully you will get some pretty good replies. Several anglers have had post on this subject in the past. As for me I use artificial baits. woot

Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13678999 08/24/20 08:54 PM
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use Gulp earthworms instead...i raised redworms...a lot of work...not worth the time with todays Gulp baits


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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13679005 08/24/20 09:02 PM
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I raise European night crawlers and red worms, not so much for bait but for the castings to use in houseplants. Best natural fertilizer on earth. For bait, I use Gulp minnows or crickets. I will use some of the night crawlers this fall for river channel cats.

The worms do real well from October to June, then slow way down when the temps get above 90º. They live as long as they are kept in the shade and well watered. I have one big bed the night crawlers are in, and two 60 gallon tubs the red worms are in. I bought the night crawlers, but started the red worms by buying one box of worms from Walmart for each tub. I have thousands of them now and they were started last spring. They make rabbits look like beginners.


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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13679237 08/25/20 12:39 AM
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The best worm farm in the USA is located at Walmart! Love them Night Crawlers! hooked


Side Note: There are several anglers who have their own worm farms and judging by their past post over the years they seem to do very well. As for me I simply do not want the responsibility and would much rather go to my neighborhood Walmart. thumb


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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: BillS2006] #13679326 08/25/20 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by BillS2006
I raise European night crawlers and red worms, not so much for bait but for the castings to use in houseplants. Best natural fertilizer on earth. For bait, I use Gulp minnows or crickets. I will use some of the night crawlers this fall for river channel cats.

The worms do real well from October to June, then slow way down when the temps get above 90º. They live as long as they are kept in the shade and well watered. I have one big bed the night crawlers are in, and two 60 gallon tubs the red worms are in. I bought the night crawlers, but started the red worms by buying one box of worms from Walmart for each tub. I have thousands of them now and they were started last spring. They make rabbits look like beginners.

How do you keep the ants out of the worm bed ?

Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13679506 08/25/20 11:16 AM
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I have experimented with raising worms several times over the years. Trust me, it is not worth the effort. It gets too hot and dry in North Texas. The worms will require almost constant care to keep them cool and moist, but not too moist. I agree with Chuck. The best worm farm is your local bait store. They will keep a long time in the Styrofoam containers in your refrigerator.


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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13679531 08/25/20 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by lamar44
Originally Posted by BillS2006
I raise European night crawlers and red worms, not so much for bait but for the castings to use in houseplants. Best natural fertilizer on earth. For bait, I use Gulp minnows or crickets. I will use some of the night crawlers this fall for river channel cats.

The worms do real well from October to June, then slow way down when the temps get above 90º. They live as long as they are kept in the shade and well watered. I have one big bed the night crawlers are in, and two 60 gallon tubs the red worms are in. I bought the night crawlers, but started the red worms by buying one box of worms from Walmart for each tub. I have thousands of them now and they were started last spring. They make rabbits look like beginners.

How do you keep the ants out of the worm bed ?


I use raised beds and apply granular fire ant poison under them once a month. Not the best solution, but it seems to work.


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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: Smithaven] #13679534 08/25/20 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Smithaven
I have experimented with raising worms several times over the years. Trust me, it is not worth the effort. It gets too hot and dry in North Texas. The worms will require almost constant care to keep them cool and moist, but not too moist. I agree with Chuck. The best worm farm is your local bait store. They will keep a long time in the Styrofoam containers in your refrigerator.


And just a little cornmeal sprinkled on the top of the bedding will keep them fat and happy.

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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13680300 08/25/20 10:07 PM
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Raising Wiggler's is super easy. I started with less than 20 from Walmart that were leftovers from fishing trips. I started them in a 5 gallon bucket full of dirt, wet newspaper and old lettuce. Also, I've always kept them in the house in a dark corner or closet. Today I have thousands. I feed them old veggies and fruit when I have some, but mostly I feed the corn mean and oatmeal. Don't feed them self rising meal though. What's in the pics are clusters that were feeding on melon rinds

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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13680434 08/25/20 11:52 PM
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Whelp, if it means keeping them in the casa, we ain't raisin' no worms. Ive been married long enough to know better! hammer
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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13680785 08/26/20 12:29 PM
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You don't have to keep them in the house. I raise mine outdoors in South Texas. Just keep them shaded, moist, and fed.


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Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13680812 08/26/20 12:50 PM
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Never use worms but if I did i would use the Walmart Farm!

Re: Raising red wiggler worms [Re: lamar44] #13681150 08/26/20 04:49 PM
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Does anyone know of a place around Grapevine I can buy a pound of starter red worms ?
I know that they can be bought online but in this heat they would be cooked in the mail. , thanks

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Not sure on purchasing a "pound", but Bass Pro may have a few boxes. Only tkes a few to start a farm. I have been to 3 different Walmarts around me and none of them have hardly any inventory in the fishing section and haven't had worms in a few months.

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