thats too bad, but so we learn...sorry for your loss. I'm glad I never fed my worms too much newspaper, just had a feeling it must be toxic for them, what I do use is clean carton or egg containers but I make sure I give it a good rinse before adding it to the bin.
By all means start your bin indoors(give it a good clean first), just make sure they are not exposed to any toxic fumes. My friend lost all her worms the other day, it took some investigation to find the reason, we discovered she used toxic bug spray for ants around the bin!
I started a worm bin and was having good luck. Then I heard that one should not put in shredded typing paper so I cleaned it out and provided a more "pure" layer with newpapers. Now all my wormies are dead.....
Can I start again indoors this winter and then move them outside in the spring?
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Mike, I too vermicompost. Love my little guys! I'm so worried that they won't survive during the winter months here. They're voracious! In fact in another few weeks we have to go through our worm bin and start taking all the composted materials out(aka worm poop) and start getting it mixed into our raised beds. I'm so glad I started this!
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Chicken poo is fantastic, but very 'hot' you gotta let it compost for a long while before using. My chickens give me quite a bit of poo, along with the donkeys. now I just need to figure out how to bag it & market it. I always joke that we have a 'poo farm'
One more thing to add to the topic: Regardless of what kind of manure you use, this goes for horse, steer, duck, goat, chicken. Keep in mind where the manure comes from that you can buy by the bag. From factory-farmed animals that have in many cases NEVER had a natural food like pasture but have had mostly genetically modified corn and soybeans covered with lots of Roundup antibiotics and other poisons to eat. Guess where a lot of that ends up. :) So get your manure from people known sources. If you live in a city you may have to travel and even rent a small trailer or haul some if you need larger quantities. Local riding stables may be able to help out, but even horses are fed a bunch of crap incl. meds these days. If you need only small amounts keeping one or two rabbits that are grass/hay fed could help out. You can use pelleted bedding for them that is similar to wood pellets (soft wood) minus the additives.
it is great but never put it on your garden in the spring, it is to strong, put on in the fall when the garden is done that way it has all winter to work and when you plant you plants will take off. It is the highest in nitrogen of all manures
My sister called last night to offer me some chicken doo. I have heard of adding other manures but have never used chicken. Do I need to mix this with other soil so it doesn't burn my plants or can I just top dress wtih this?
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