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I’ve got Redworms with my Africans?

I’ve gotta admit,  I get into some interesting conversations some days.  This afternoon, I had a long conversation with a  commercial worm grower that  has only been in the business for about a year.  I’m not mentioning any names to avoid any embarrasment.  In fact, I consider this gentlemen a friend.  I  just wanted to write this as a learning experience for all you aspiring worm growers.

Him:  Jerry, I bought  African Nightcrawler cocoons from you last year, and I think there may have been Redworm Cocoons mixed in.

Me:  You are raising both Redworms and Africans at your farm.  You realize there is a greater chance that any contamination happened at your location, especially considering you’ve had these for about 8 months!

Him:  We do a good job at keeping our worms separated, so I don’t think it could have happened here.

BEFORE READING ON…..LET’S TEST YOUR WORM IQ….ANY GUESSES?  BY THIS TIME I ALREADY KNEW THE ANSWER 🙂

Me: What are you using for bedding?

HIm:  Paper and  Peat Moss.

Me:  And?

Him:  That’s it.

Me:  No manure?

Him:  (Sheepisly) uh 0hhhhhhh….I’ve got 20,000 pounds of horse manure on them.  Now I get it.

Me:  Yep, you introduced the redworms into your beds as soon as you added the horse manure.

We then discussed strategies to separate the two types of worms. 

Just another day in the life…….. 🙂

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