Worm Food Questions:
I received an email question from Steve who is using my "Worm Farm Manual" to start his worm farm business:
"How much food do I feed my worms so they are happy and grow? I need to figure the cost of worm food for my worm farm business?
How Much Food Do Worms Eat
According to C.A. Edwards' "Biology of Earthworms", worms can eat 80 mg of food per 1 gram of body weight. When calculating your worm food amounts, go by the approximate weight of your worm population, not the count (it's sorta impossible to count worms anyway). There are 453.5 grams in a pound, so for each pound of worms, you should feed at least 36280 mg (or 36 grams) of worm food.
For maximum profit, try to find free worm food, at least in the production stage. The fattening stage will require grains like FRM Cricket and Worm Food, and will be your greatest expense. The best worm food for fastest worm growth are manures and the best manure is horse. Lucky for you, horse barns pay people to carry off their endless supply of manure (there's always more coming!). Horse barns and stables can be found even in cities, so get out there and find yourself some free worm feed.