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They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

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I thought I'd try them on a couple of compost worms before the winter sets in and the earthworms get difficult to dig up. They ate them ok, then spat them right back up. I've said sorry with some frozen bloodworm but they are sulking big time!

How do you keep earthworms alive over the winter?



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Depending on the type of earthworm, many of them do fine in some dirt in the refrigerator.



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

Thanks but how do I keep enough to feed them over the winter - there will be about 5 months before the ground starts to heat up and the worms are easier to dig for, They eat a worm each every other day.



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You can always purchase more worms. Most reputable pet shops carry them.



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You can always purchase more worms. Most reputable pet shops carry them.
you can buy earthworms in shops! wow, I really didn't know that! They have bloodworms occasionally but it's an expensive way to feed them. Thanks.



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

expensive?

i pay 5 euro to keep my axies happy for 3 to 4 weeks.
AND i dont have to get my hands dirty digging in a pile of compost..



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the only thing Pets at home had were mealworms and they spat those up too



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

In the beginning of October I ordered two cases of nightcrawlers to last me through the winter - that's 60 containers of a dozen worms each, to last me until April. They take up the bottom shelf in my fridge.



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

What would we know a nightcrawler as in the UK?
I got 20 earthworms for 2.50 from a fishing shop, they are getting a worm each every other day so that's 20 days supply of food, it's not terribly expensive but roll on summer when I can dig them up.
I decided to keep the mealworms as pets :-) They are in a wilkos terrarium now munching on cabbage and bread.



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

Worms direct! Worms are healthy and keep for ages in the fridge. Much better than the horrible skanky worms my LPS sells.

Buy Worms for Fishing Bait and Composting | Worms Direct



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

Fab, thank you. Before I read about Worms Direct I bought a small tub from a fishing shop. The axies are now on hunger strike though and they are spitting earthworms up too. I'm going to not feed them for a couple of days and see if that makes the earthworms a bit more attractive, unless anyone has any better ways of getting them to trust me again.



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The starvation method is a good one. It usually works.



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What would we know a nightcrawler as in the UK?
Lobworm.



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Default Re: They clearly don't like tiger worms! How do you keep earthworms alive over winter.

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the worms from bait shops are the wrong kind of worms to feed them (are they called red wrigglers?) so this might be why they are refusing them? This is from memory though, so might be worth checking out from a search maybe? Or it could be that yours are just fussy!!



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I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the worms from bait shops are the wrong kind of worms to feed them (are they called red wrigglers?) so this might be why they are refusing them? This is from memory though, so might be worth checking out from a search maybe? Or it could be that yours are just fussy!!
The bait shop had a few different types and these are definatly earth worms. I think mine are just confused now. I gave them some frozen bloodworm yesterday (started using a feeding jar and it's great!) and they eventually gobbled them up. I think a few days between feeds will sort them out.



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