>A couple of months ago we discovered that our koi LOVE worms. It
>started. of course, by coming across a worm & tossing it in to see what
>would happen. Well, we've gotten them ***ed, I think. We've
>cleaned out our entire yard (approx. 1 acre) of all worms. Can't find
>anymore. Even have gone so far as to buy fishing worms 2 or 3 times.
>Problem: we're out of worms. I presume it's ok for them to eat them
>most every day since that's one of the things they'd eat in a natural
>area. My question is, does anyone have any experience on growing a
>worm farm? We can't continue to pay $2.50 a day for about 12 worms.
>How about other things? My husband has suggested raw hamburger or
>chicken...like just keep a little out from whatever we're making for
>dinner that nite. Kinda worries me tho, they won't find those things
>in a natural pond, might not be good for them. Ideas?
Well, worms is good, chicken is not, raw hamburger is BAD.
I can?t belive that you?ve used up all the worms on a 1 acre
area, there should be millions of them. Look for worms at night,
but be quick, they?re very sensitive for light, and usally flies
down very fast. It?s not hard to breed them either, a big bucket,
a box or anything that can hold damp soil and worms will do.
Sprinkle _very_ lightly with cornmeal on the soil a couple of
times a week. Remember that this "farm" needs oxygen, and produce
heat, so it got to be wellventilated, and in a cool place.
Worms do produce a lot of eggs, but they have to be somthing around
3 months old to do that, so don?t overharvest in the beginning.
If you only want a dozen worms a day, a three gallon "farm"
will be more then enaugh, but if they?re so expensive where
you live, why don?t you make some easy money?
Don?t feed koi with mammals and things with a lot of fat.