1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Worm Farm good idea or not?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KRZ4CKNS, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. KRZ4CKNS

    KRZ4CKNS Out Of The Brooder

    15
    0
    22
    Feb 11, 2010
    May I ask if anyone has had a problem with regular worms? Such as the kind you dig up from the garden...I threw my chickens a few I found in the yard and the fight was on they tore that worm into pieces. This has led me to considering a worm farm (small one). And if you have any info on a raising worms or a good site I might check out I would appreciate it.
    Thank you!
     
  2. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    It is very easy to do. Shred up some newspapers, put it in a plastic tote with small holes for air, spay it down with a mister, add some worms, more shredded newspaper, mist, add food scraps as you get them, but no meat or dairy, and make sure it stays moist, not wet, just moist.



    I forgot to add you will need to add more shredded newspaper as everything starts to break down.
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    7,470
    12
    253
    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Mine love night crawlers! I have a lot of oak trees around, so I have a worm farm without the work. [​IMG] I think the above poster had a great idea!! I may try it too!
     
  4. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    We made a worm farm when my step son was young, we were always going fishing and this way we had our own worms. That and he loved having "pet" worms.
     
  5. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    7,470
    12
    253
    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Quote:HAHA! My step daughter has a Praying Mantis farm at the moment! Kids are funny! I'd DEFINATELY be more comfortable with the worms!
     
  6. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    300
    4
    121
    Aug 17, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    I have a worm farm near the coop. My farm has small holes in the bottom and sits on another container. The worm 'wee' drips down into the bottom box and I collect it to spray onto my vegetable gardens. About once a week I open the top box and the girls jump in. They dig up and turn the contents as they search for worms. Saves me a job!!
     
  7. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    My Dad use to keep a worm farm when I was a kid, Great for soil in garden. DS was working on a Scout badge and worm farm was an option. It was great fun. The best help food is old coffee grounds and egg shells. [​IMG] yummy
     
  8. djmb74

    djmb74 Out Of The Brooder

    43
    0
    22
    Dec 9, 2009
    Longwood - Florida
    We have a worm bin and one of the Can O Worms and I treat my hens with a few worms every once in a while. They love it, but they love snakes the most...lol This morning they killed another snake, the one lowest on the pecking order found it and she is Brown leg horn and is so much faster then the rest she ran around with that snake it was hilarious!
     
  9. ChookHappy

    ChookHappy Dances with Chickens

    335
    1
    121
    Oct 12, 2009
    Petaluma, Ca
    The worm farm is a great idea. I currently own a Gusanito Worm Factory and it works like a charm. I don't actually feed the chooks these worms though as they are my busy little worker redworms. They really go nuts for the earthworms though and the rake is their best friend. I bust that out and it's over. They all congregate in front of me and that rake head trying to be the first one to the newly uncovered ground. They're real funny characters. Due to the fact that I can't leave my flock unattended in the yard I have to till weeds out of the dormant garden and I make sure to toss the excess dirt and worms in the tote with said weeds. I dump a rubbermaid tote half full in there every day to keep them occupied in the run. There are a rediculous amount of worms in the soil out here in the winter. Most likely in the summer too but the ground is most composed of adobe clay so it's too tough to dig in the summer when it dries up around here. I'm not sure what I will do for them in the summer for treats and such. They have really gotten used to the weeds and worms.

    So I would look up how to build and outside worm "pit". I have seen them online while googling "worm bin" and other relevant variations. You pretty much dig a big hole and fill it. Not sure the specifics but if you have some extra room in your yard it shouldn't take up too much space.
     
  10. OwensMom

    OwensMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    355
    2
    111
    Oct 4, 2009
    CO Western Slope
    The worm farm bible is "Worms Eat My Garbage'. Sorry, don't have the author but go to Amazon. It is a very well known book. Tells you everything that you need to know about how to raise worms. I've done it for years and my gardens loves the end product.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by