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RE:BlackWorms and Keeping
That's not my experience. I routinely divide 2 lbs of worms into 8 worm keepers. That is, about 4 ozs per container. I think 8 ozs would be pushing it. I rinse them and replace the water daily or every couple of days, depending on how busy I am. I use unchlorinated tap water from a well. I have kept worms alive in a refrigerator as long as two months using that protocol. It is important to keep them cold.
On the other hand, I prefer to buy smaller quantities, usually about a 1lb. How many I buy at once depends on whether I am getting them locally. When I can, which is most of the time, I buy only about a pound. They have much more vitality and keep better, partly because I don't keep them as long. The local supplier keeps them in large tubs with running water and actually feeds them. Of course, they also just have to come home with me, just half an hour trip. The supplier is "different", but he has great worms.
>I must admit my experience is somewhat different. If I place any more than
>a couple ounces of worms in the "blue holder", they invariably go bad
>within a day or two leaving me with a smelly mass of dead decaying worms.
>Also ,when "uncomfortable" in this way, they crawls out of the container
>and swim down the drain to the local sewer system (good thing its in the
>sink and not the fridg). Seems like 2 ounces (portions at my local shop) is
>the limit for me.
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Barry J. Cooper
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College of Veterinary Medicine 27505 Riggs Hill Rd.
Cornell University Sweet Home, OR 97386
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