A sucessful Tiger Worm breeder hehe

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by monarc23, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Red wigglers, Red worms, Tiger worms, Red tiger worms...etc they go by many names, and are often confused for baby earth worms.

    However my lil boogers are stripped in the body (hence named tiger worms) and if you upset them they secrete a slight odor (simliar to stink bugs but no where near as bad and it doesnt last).

    Well anywho today I did an experiment becuase i was seeing worm eggs, but NO babies... so my lil experiement I did JUSt this morning... already had results! LOL! I collected as many worm eggs as I could, and put them in a plastic container in my incubator (with the lid shut)... I opened it up just a few hours later, and wala I got worms hatching left and right! They are soo small, that they are deffinatly smaller thana strand of hair it's crazy! i cant even touch htem I know my fingers would smoosh them easily.

    I breed them for future fishing as well as bird treats [​IMG]

    Heres the lil cuties (im sure some of you wll be like EWW) LOL Hopefully I'll find some other worm breeders or people interested in it. It's pretty easy, and I feed them none other than chicken feed [​IMG] well and moistened shreaded newspaper and sometimes apple slices. They do not live IN the soil like earthworms, they live in the "leaf litter".

    Egg Capsule in my hand (each one holds about 4 wormlings lol): [​IMG]

    Wormling slowly hatching out: [​IMG]
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    three worms already out (third is to the left center by an egg capsule): [​IMG]

    And heres an adult with an egg capsule still attached (it falls off eventually after it dries it's the amber colored oval looking thing) and the light tan crumbles are chicken feed lol: [​IMG]

    Good photo showing the stripes that give it it's name:
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  2. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    The photography is AWESOME! The worms look very wriggly [​IMG]
     
  3. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    ha ha...you got worms!


    Actually,
    I did consider worm farming before. We used to do landscaping and dh bought tons of worm castings. Then I wondered how they'd do for the compost pile...


    I like your tiger worm. So would my 7 yr. old dd.


    She loves diggin for worms for chicken treats. I'll always remember her coming to the door as I switched a load of laundry and exclaiming..."Mommy! I've got worms." And her lil fist was crawlin with them. She's so funny.

    me,
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  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:haha awwhhh!!!! Just wait until she starts bringing you baby rats [​IMG] *i did that A LOT as a child....and got BIT a lot as a child....[​IMG]*


    YEp...i've got worms...im wormy [​IMG]
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:*bows* compliments to the camera...lol Cannon Power Shot [​IMG]
     
  6. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    nah...I don't think she's into rats.

    She got excited though when her cat caught his first mouse.

    Well,
    Then when the outside cat caught a baby bunny and ate it...dd sqwated down and watched the cat chew on it. Bout made me toss my cookies. Then she picks up the other outside cat and plops him in front of the carcass to see if he wanted a nibble...and he did.

    She says she wants to be a vet...she may have the drive to do it.

    but she's ok with hamsters and guinie pigs and ferrets and chinchillas....

    me,
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  7. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Awesome pics Niki [​IMG]

    very interesting!
     
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:HAHA your daughter is awesome...facination with blood n gore, yep i can see her being a good vet! [​IMG] Ask her if she does, to specialize in exotics, you can never have too many exotic vets out there! [​IMG]
     
  9. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Great pictures! I've been raising compost worms for over a year now and never actually seen one hatch.
     
  10. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Nikki,
    Awesome pictures, I never knew you could actually see worm eggs.
    now I see them thats way cool.
    gotta hide this thread from the kid though, she will be begging to get some, she is a nut for crawley things.
    Her fav's are her hissing roaches and the Rose hair Tarantula.

    think sliders would like those? I know the chickens and quail would but I have to wonde about the turtles?
     

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