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#6023715 - 10/12/17 12:38 AM Growing Earthworms
SGT. C Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1447
Loc: Midlands South Carolina
I been pondering the idea of raising earthworms for a side business. I have the space to do it.plus I can use or sell the castings.
Anybody here have any tips. Just wigglers, night crawlers are out the questions with our hot weather.Thanks, Sarge
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#6023724 - 10/12/17 04:00 AM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
Tom cat Offline
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Registered: 07/03/16
Posts: 3603
Loc: Indianland sc
They grow very well on rabbit manure.
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#6023728 - 10/12/17 04:30 AM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
SGT. C Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Midlands South Carolina
Rabbit and cow manure I have plenty of. Any money to be made from them to maybe pay for a vacation? Sarge
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#6023749 - 10/12/17 05:16 AM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
Scout1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 1182
Loc: Western N. Carolina
If you could go around to local stores near fisheries and line it up to supply cups of worm/bait might get a better idea.
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#6024020 - 10/12/17 10:29 AM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
Pressure9pa Offline
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Registered: 12/30/14
Posts: 145
Loc: Southern Indiana
Raising them - relatively easy and fun.

Selling them - more of a challenge.

Make sure you have a solid plan for part II before you focus on part I.

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#6024158 - 10/12/17 12:40 PM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: Pressure9pa]
nightlife Offline
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Registered: 05/05/08
Posts: 1987
Loc: Mn
Originally Posted By: Pressure9pa
Raising them - relatively easy and fun.

Selling them - more of a challenge.

Make sure you have a solid plan for part II before you focus on part I.



X2 they grow naturally here and can be picked up after almost any rain (night crawlers) my kids made a lot of spare money every year that way till they got old enough to join the work force one year they spent the FRI before fishing opener along the HI way selling them and were sold out by about 5PM all 3000 dozen
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#6024422 - 10/12/17 07:56 PM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
jk Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 2355
Loc: Williamsport, Pa.
Yikes 30000 dozen. When I was a kid our goal was a 1000 nighties but no one that I knew ever hit that. That is worms not dozens of worms. True we got only 500 for our one nite best for each of us and we were bushed when done.....j.k
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#6024804 - 10/13/17 10:27 AM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
Pressure9pa Offline
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Registered: 12/30/14
Posts: 145
Loc: Southern Indiana
Growing red worms and getting them to reproduce is remarkable easy. I did it at a previous residence and without maximizing any kind of efficiency, I had thousands of worms within a spring to fall cycle. This was just checking moisture a few times a month, and chucking in food waste when I remembered. I had no intention of selling them, I just didn't want to pay for bait. I thought maybe I could raise 100 or so, and had that in 60 days and they exploded in population from there.

I've never tried, but I would guess selling them in any kind of numbers would require extremely low prices and some creativity in finding/developing markets.

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#6024920 - 10/13/17 12:41 PM Re: Growing Earthworms [Re: SGT. C]
seniortrap Offline
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Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 3095
Loc: michigan,USA
I have looked at it before. Even purchased the red worms starting amount.

The constant attention and condition is paramount. Warm but not too warm. Humid but not muddy.

The standing units to grow them can be expensive.

They can be purchased in large amounts and transplanted to a tub.

Get a book on it to learn.


Edited by seniortrap (10/13/17 12:44 PM)
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