Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 1,000 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worm Mix
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- Makes a delicious bite sized hi-protein treat for any aquarium fish or reptile
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The redworm is known as "Natures Wonder Worker," It eats its own body weight in compost daily. Just simply put a bag (1000 Count) of Uncle Jims redworms in your garden or compost pile and reap the best organic soil available without chemicals or fertlizers. Healthy soil equates to a garden of plentiful fruits and vegetables. The redworm also makes a delicious bite sized hi-protein treat for any aquarium fish or reptile. Trout and Pan fishermen see excellent results also.
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2016
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The worms are shipped in dry peat moss - it is explained that it is better to ship them dry like this because they actually do much worse if the bedding is wet - it tends to freeze them in cold weather, and overheat in summer. The instructions say to add half a cup of water to the bag immediately, so I did this and I immediately saw lots and lots of very healthy, good sized worms. I didn't see a single dead one.
It is important to have your worm bin or whatever you are going to use to compost already set up and ready to go before your worms arrive. I had purchased the Worm Factory 360 well ahead of time and had watched both their DVD and read the instruction manual, and had everything set up and ready to go, with a bit of food placed in each corner. I followed the directions and left them uncovered after transfer to the Worm Factory, and left a light on overnight. The worms clearly don't like light, so that encourages them to burrow. I don't know if it was was really necessary to keep the light on all night, because I checked about an hour after adding them, and the worms had already travelled all over the bin, and were clustered around the food in the corners. They were visibly plumper after just an hour, probably from rehydrating after shipment.
I have had my worms for only a few days now, but could not be happier. I did read a few negative reviews, but I had nothing but a positive experience, and would order more if I needed them, and plan on recommending this company to anyone I can manage to convince to give vermiculture composting a try. I think it would be a great classroom project for a biology teacher or an elementary school teacher. I also highly recommend the informative little book Worms Eat My Garbage. I did notice slight differences in recommendations from one source to another, so I interpret this as meaning that there is no one right way to care for the worms, as long as you follow some general guidelines on feeding, hydration, and temperature.
I am very excited about my new little hobby, and will give an update hopefully in a few months once I have hopefully gained a bit more experience.
Addendum: December 6, 2012 - 2 months after my first order of a pound of worms, my vermiculture project is going great. The only problems I have had are the usual beginner ones of overfeeding the worms and getting the bins too wet, but this is easily corrected by cutting back on feeding and adding dry carbon sources like shredded cardboard and newspaper. The worms seem to be multiplying and doing their job.
But my initial one pound of worms has not been sufficient to keep up with our food scraps - we are vegetarians and generate a lot of fruit peels, coffee grounds, etc. There is a tendency, I think, once you start doing this, to want to save all scraps and feed them all to the worms. My solution is that I bought a 14 gallon rubbermaid bin, and another 10 gallon bin for drainage, and have started a second composting bin to handle all our scraps. I think, if I had to do this over again, that I would have gone this simple and cheap route to begin with - the Worm Factory is working ok, but the material in the lower trays does tend to get pretty compressed and dense from all the trays stacked on top, and I'm not sure the air flow is that good, either. I really have to watch moisture levels and mix things up a bit.
Anyway, to start my new bin, I ordered 2 more pounds of worms from Uncle Jims - I placed my order last Friday, and they shipped early Monday. Despite the fact that I live in very rural Arizona, the worms were in my post office by 11 a.m. on Wednesday - amazing. And they were amazingly dense and healthy. Just balls and balls and clumps and clumps of mostly plump, wiggly worms.
Hopefully this will be my last worm order and my 3 pounds of worms will multiply and now keep up with all scraps without danger of overfeeding.
Uncle Jims is awesome - highly recommended. Really hard to go wrong with them - they clearly state that if there are any problems, they will ship more worms immediately, free of charge. I will recommend to all my friends and neighbors - hopefully I can get some converts to try out this eco-friendly hobby. Thanks, Uncle Jims!
Uncle Jim's packages a ball of worms in peat moss, which dries them out during transit. This means your worms will arrive underweight and lethargic. Unless you want to pay Uncle Jim's to ship several pounds of bedding and nutrients with your worms, that's just the compromise you have to make.
I got my worms in exactly the expected condition, which is described in a card included with the worms. The moss ball was in a paper package, which had been soaked thoroughly by the time the worms arrive from residual moisture in the worm ball. That was in another box, which was slightly moist by the time I got it but was holding up perfectly well. The worms were underweight, and a few - especially on the outer edges of the ball - were dead or lethargic. I had to keep my worms in some bedding for a few days before their habitat arrived, so they had to endure a final move. When I transferred them they were getting some more energy. Just two days later, they were starting to feed in earnest.
One week from from the point of arrival, I was already noticing some big fat worms that were jumping mad. When I lifted the newspaper cover over their food pile, worms would angrily flick as they went to dive into the dirt, flinging bits of dirt and food across the bin. So within one week of arrival my worms were mostly up to full strength.
People also complain about dead worms. Worms aren't like fossil fuels, they're not gone when they're used. The point of a worm ball is to give you enough of a starter to get your worm farm going. My worms are likely already breeding, and in a few months I'll have however many worms my food supply can sustain.
The only reason to complain about the number of worms you get - within reason - is if you're buying them as food or bait. This package would only be terrible if you were expecting exactly 1,000 count of feed perfectly fat feed worms or bait worms. But I can't blame Uncle Jim's that people are desperate enough to try to buy feed worms over the mail. You should be buying those either fresh, or from a much more expensive source which can guarantee that they arrive fattened up. However, even people who buy these for feed worms, may understand the process enough to know they have to feed and fatten the worms back up to their pre-shipping condition. That process only takes a week or so, depending on ambient conditions.
So long as you understand what you're ordering, this package is exactly what I needed. My vermicomposter (WormFactory360) is underway, and I've processed a few pounds of food waste already. I know my worms are strong because not only do they fight when I peek under the newspaper cover, but my compost pile smells of fresh dirt and nothing else. That means the natural bacteria and the worms are keeping everything in perfect aerobic balance.
Highly recommended. I got exactly what the seller promised, and it works for me.
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I had already prepared the composting system, and so it was as simple as just adding the entire lot as it came.
It has been almost a week and they seem like they are healthy and happy. 🤠