Compost worm vanishing

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Compost worm vanishing

Postby bege » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:33 pm

Does anyone know much about worm farms? I have 6 that have been established for about 4 months now, populations have been growing. 4 are 44gal drums cut through the middle, have horse poo in all, 1 is a 44 gal under another spot and all worms have been haperly doing their thing until the last week or so when I turned their bedding the have all seemed to have gone! The bedding is moist and cool, all the food seems to have eaten but not a worm in site. The 6th farm is a Barth tub in a fernery and that seems to ok with lots of worms still in it.
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Re: Compost worm vanishing

Postby karyn » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:05 pm

This happened to me recently, I think I killed them with too much tomato skin, then we had hot days. Did you add fresh horse poo? It can be 'hot', and the horses might have been wormed recently?
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Re: Compost worm vanishing

Postby bege » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:30 pm

The horse poo has been in there about 2 months and they had turned most of it in to poo so I know it wasn't that, the hot days haven't been so much as a problem as their soil stayed cool to touch. The only thing I can think of is they got bored and packed up and left [DISAPPOINTED FACE] they had been happy eating, pooing and multiplying one day and then gone the next.
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