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TOPIC: Still trying
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Re:Still trying 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0  
They varied in size, nowmal in size for bedrun. But none are as large as they were when I bought them, as big around as a pencil. I'v had them for a year now but I cannot find a good way to fatten them. I'm not ready to give up yet I still have my EF's to sell and doing as well as I expected to do the first year of selling.
 
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Re:Still trying 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 5  
Ok the ef's I lost were from small baby worms up to mature worms(only 1).
About how many do you think you have per square foot(roughly)?
 
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Estimated about 1/4 pound per squre foot.
 
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Re:Still trying 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 5  
Have you considered trying a fattening bed? Take around 50-100 Euro's and put them in bedding no more than 4 inches deep. The horse manure will work well for this. Use a container that's at least a square foot. Then feed them just the worm chow for a few weeks. This should make them alot bigger, at least worth a try.
 
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I have tried that and it did work. Nearly a year ago when the ENC's were failing so badly in size I placed about 35 into a small bin, fed them with a pig meal at 14% protein and they did grow big. Probably as big as they were when I purchased them. So, I placed them back into a big bin with a bed of peat moss with the rest of my worms that I had removed them from to try this and they all faded back to the same size of the smaller ones or died. However, I was not seeing any dead ones at that time nor big ones either. I continued to feed all of them the pig meal until lately when I switched to all horse manure. I'll try the same again and use a larger batch of worms to experiment with the next time. I'm going to find the solution by and by.
 
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Re:Still trying 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 5  
I believe the horse maure will work alot better than the peat moss you used. The downside to peat is that it has next to nothing in the way of nutrition, not to mention acidic.
It doesn't take long for worms to go from large back down to small due to higher population, lack of food, or low moisture.
 
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