|There is Pleasure and Profit|
|in Raising Earthworms|
Whether you plan to raise earthworms such as Red Wigglers or our domesticated nightcrawlers on a small scale for personal use (such as fishing bait or feeding your herps, pond or aquarium fish), or whether you are concerned with a part-time or full-time money-making-project, you’ll find it a fascinating as well as a profitable endeavor.
It costs so little to start, requires so little time and effort and pays so well, once you’ve developed it to a selling stage, it is really one of the best home-money-making projects of which we know. A part-time earthworm business may be built to imposing proportions within the limits of a basement, garage or city lot…or it may be expanded into a profitable full-time business if properly managed and promoted.
Almost anyone can raise our domesticated nightcrawlers or Red Wiggler earthworms successfully…men, women and youngsters, or even handicapped persons. It’s an excellent retirement project for elderly persons who want to keep busy and supplement Social Security, pension or other income. Many of the most successful earthworm hatcheries are owned and operated by women.
Our special domesticated nightcrawlers and Red Wiggler earthworms are amazingly prolific breeders. A thousand mature breeders, properly cared for and allowed to multiply, may give you half a million or more breeders, growing earthworms and egg capsules within a year.
So that you may begin to sell in volume during the season following your start, it is advisable to begin with as many Red Wiggler and European Nightcrawler breeders as you can conveniently handle. The development of your project will seem slow for the first two or three months, but don’t be impatient. Soon thereafter it will begin to pyramid rapidly. Don’t begin to sell too soon because you won’t want to sell too many of your breeders at this stage, but after six to nine months your pits or bins should be well-stocked and you will be able within a short time to realize many times your initial investment.
You may, if you choose, adopt two stages in getting your earthworm project under way. The first is the “propagation box” stage in which you “plant” your initial stock of breeders in small boxes such as ammunition boxes, fruit or vegetable crates or plastic containers such as those made by Rubbermaid, with each box capable of supporting some 500 breeders.
The second stage, which may begin any time from three to six months later (or whenever the propagation set-up becomes unwieldy) involves the transfer of breeders, young worms and capsules to indoor or outdoor culture beds, each large enough to support up to 10,000 or more mature breeders or bait-size worms.
Whether you plan to start your earthworm project on a very small or very large scale, we at New York Worms can supply you with Red Wigglers and European Nightcrawlers foundation stock. See our Earthworm page for a description of the two species and Contact Us for prices for bulk-size orders.
Want more information regarding the breeding, feeding, care and business of earthworms? Visit Earthworm Books and Videos for an extensive selection of books and videos.
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