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Feeding – Feed small amounts in the beginning while the worms are getting acclimated to the box. Feed only as much as the worms will consume in a few days. If too much garbage is added, it might start smelling and fruit flies will become numerous. If this happens just don’t feed them for a while. They will take care of the excess in time. The food can be buried in the bedding or just put on top of the bedding under the newspaper on the top. The worms can go a long time without food, so a month or more vacation is not a problem. They will eventually consume the bedding material. Since the worms will eventually reproduce in large numbers, the amount of food they eat will gradually increase due to more mouths to feed. Worms will eat almost any organic material. Avoid all meats, animal waste from meat eating animals, cat litter and large quantities of citrus or tomatoes. A few crushed egg shells help to reduce the acidity in the box. My worms like bananas, pumpkin, lettuce, avocado, celery, coffee grounds and filters, spaghetti, melon rinds, asparagus, cardboard egg cartons, apples, pineapple and artichokes to name a few. Experiment and see what works the best for you. A rule of thumb regarding how much to feed your worms is 1 pound of worms will eat 3.5 pounds of food per week or .5 pounds per day. The worm count per pound can vary considerably depending on the size of the worms. My bed run red wigglers normally weigh about .06 per hundred or over 1650 per pound. Most worm farms estimate their adult worms at about 800 - 1000 per pound.
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