# Introduction

Lesson 1

Thank you for purchasing this course **Elite Worm Breeding - Secrets The Pros Use To Grow Mountains Of Worms**. If you’ve made the move to turn your worm composting hobby into a business you will see that this method is very different and requires a significant commitment of time and labor. This course has a series of short videos as a tutorial on breeding worms to the maximum capacity in a managed and systematic manner. The numbers for densities used in examples are the numbers used by the author and may or may not give you the best results and should serve only as a starting guideline.

The premise behind how these extreme methods work is as follows:

- You will often read or otherwise be told worm populations double in about 90 days.
- Some studies indicate that under ideal conditions
adults each produce an average of 3 (or 4) cocoons each week and that each cocoon has an average of 3 baby worms inside and cocoons grow to adult worms is about 70 days.*Eisenia fetida*

If we begin looking at the numbers, even **conservatively we can tell there’s a huge discrepancy in possible reproduction rates.**

Assuming it takes 2 worms to reproduce compare doubling every 90 days calculating with just 2 worms in ideal conditions for one week:

**2 (worms) x 3 (cocoons) x 3 (babies/cocoon)= 24 babies potentially EACH WEEK!**

Calculating this there is potentially 24 potential babies each WEEK from only 2 worms or a population growth at a factor of 12x every 7 days. Take this out to 90 days and now your potential growth rate is:

**90 days ÷ 7 days ≈ 12.9 weeks**

**12.9 weeks x 12 growth factor ≈ 155 times the worms in 90 days**

A far cry from doubling!

The goal of what we are doing is to attempt to provide as close to ideal conditions as possible and strive for population growth closer to the 155x in 90 days factor than the 2x in 90 days.

Ideally a climate controlled space is desirable to keep production maximized year round. Ideal temperatures fall in a range between 72-80F (22-27C). My own trays are kept in a year round climate controlled room at 72F (22C). This may not be ideal but there’s sometimes a balancing act between productivity and expenses with climate control.

Humidity should be maintained at least so trays do not dry out quickly; we want to minimize the work of moistening bins when we can. If you choose to expand this method to a large scale a misting system on a timer may be desirable, especially in a dry climate. On a small scale a periodic moistening with a pump sprayer should suffice.

## **NOTE**

*The first try of this method typically doesn’t reflect the full potential of these methods. There’s no scientific data I’m aware of but my suspicion is that the worms go through hormonal changes over the first few weeks that increases breeding potential*

Just getting bins set up. No worms yet so can I buy my worms from WFA? If so, how.

The WFA supplier is Texas Worm Farm

Please join the Facebook group as well

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Temperature control is my biggest concern at this time. I know it will affect the growth factor until I can get this resolved…working on it. I like the potential growth numbers!

I have a small room in my basement that’s climate controlled. Some are using Christmas rope lights or seeding mats. These dry bedding out fast though

I have two large open bins with seedling mats on top. I still need to spray water over bins every few days. I may just use the heater I have been using. The timer turns on & off every two hours. I’m using a poorly insulated shed.