Hello. I hope you don't mind me asking a couple of questions. I am wanting to raise European nightcrawlers for profit and for my husband's fishing needs and not for composting, so is there anything simpler that I can feed them, like cornmeal? Can they eat yellow cornmeal, or any type of cornmeal?
Worm Food - What to Feed Your WormsFeeding worms grain like cornmeal is a little tricky. Cornmeal is very nutritious, much more so than cardboard. You almost have to feed grain to get your worms to their fattest possible condition. But there's a danger when using grain to feed your worms.
The problem with grains (cornmeal, Worm Meal, chicken scratch, etc.) is they can sour and turn your bedding acid. An acid bedding is a real worm killer. You must keep your worm bedding at a neutral pH at all times to avoid "acid poisoning". So what do you do in order to fatten your worms with grain? The trick is to apply enough grain so your worms can pig out, but not too much. Here's how to feed your worms grain:
- Mist the top of your bedding.
- Sprinkle your grain over the top of the bedding (think "Parmesan cheese on your lasagna")
- Mist the grain
- Remove any uneaten grain the next day before applying new grain.
- Add less grain if there is too much left over
- Add more grain if every last bit is gone
- Always remove uneaten grain before turning your bedding
- Always use a mister setting to apply water to avoid driving the grain into the bedding
- Don't let the grain dry out. Worms can't eat it if it's dry
If you only have a small amount of worms right now and you don't use it up, it can get bugs in it. We have a smaller quantity available of the worm feed we use for those of you who don't have a local source or don't require the large amounts just yet.
Worm ResourcesWorm Feed Convenient one gallon quantity of the complete worm food
Red Worms and European Nightcrawlers Combination that saves
Worm Farm Manual A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Earthworms