White Worm Info

Origins: White worms grow wild in soils that stay damp. you can find them growing wild in compost bins. Unfortunately, you have to sort them out from the other stuff.

Size: Adult white worms gro to slightly over an inch. They breed before they get to that size though. Their size makes them ideal for fish 2″ in size and bigger, all reptiles, birds, and amphibians.

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White worm culture

Sexes: White worms are like earthworms and other annelids, being hermaphroditic. Each worm contains male and female breeding parts. They swap sperm with each other,  and both lay eggs throughout the soil. As long as you have two living worms or soil that contained worms you’re off to a great start.

Eggs: White worms strew their eggs throughout their media. Save all of the soil from your starter culture as it contains numerous amounts of eggs. The eggs are clear and very hard to see.

Foods: White worms will accept most organic materials you would put in your compost pile, but it’s best to control what they eat. The best production feeding white bread soaked in milk or using yogurt or kefir and some nutritional yeast on the bread also works great and gut loads the worms.

Add yogurt or kefir to bread
Nutritional Brewers yeast is full of vitamins and minerals for gut loading worms
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sprinkel nutritional yeast on the yogurt or kefir.

Feeding Schedule: Feed Small amounts at first, increasing the amount until the culture eats about a slice of bread a week.  As the bread goes bad and starts to mold or liquify it can be removed and replaced.

Lighting: White worms do not like light and will try to avoid it. They will burrow into the dirt as soon as the light comes on. This makes it harder to harvest them. It’s best to keep them in a dark room.

Noise: White worms can detect vibrations if their container or shelves get bumped, they will burrow into the soil. They cannot be kept where there’s a lot of activity or movement.

Moisture: Add enough water to get the soil damp, but not wet. A good consistency is one where you can clump it with your hand and water doesn’t squeeze out.  As the culture ages, it tends to get more moist, so you don’t want it to start off too wet.

Setup: Setting up your White worm culture is very easy and only requires a few things. Add your soil to your container dampen if needed, then add your starter culture, place your bread with yogurt or kefir and the nutritional yeast on the culture, then place your needlepoint or glass over that and you’re done.

Add soil to container for white worms
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white worm culture
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white worm culture feeding