Do you love big bluegill?
I really lucked out on the price - I found this one online for $99. If anyone is reading this- follow the directions and you can keep this in your furnace room or laundry room easily! Follow the food directions and it has zero odor. Coffee grounds help with the smell as do herb cuttings and house-plant leaves. Throw some chives or basil on top if you luck into that. Sniff all you want- no odor.
I raise mine in a 14" X 14" styrofoam ice chest. I start out soaking spagnum peat moss in a 5 gallon bucket with well water. Rain water works well too. The next day I squeeze out the water till just a bit can be seen between my fingers when I make a tight fist. Then I mix composted cow manure. Black Kow WITHOUT fertilizer. I mix it 50/50 with the peat moss. Then I put about 3" of this mixture in the bottom of the chest. I then add my worms to the top of the bed, and let them find their way into the bedding. Any sick or dying worms will remain on top and I can throw them away the next day. I do not feed my worms for the first few days as they get accustomed to their new home. They will eat some of the manure mix in the bedding and be just fine. I feed mine rabbit pellets, which are made from alfalfa. The pellets also have vitamins and minerals in them which are good for the worms. To do this I put a good hand full of dry pellets in a coffee can and add enough water to cover them. After it has set for about a half hour the pellets will soak up the water. Then stir the mix up with a spoon. You want this mixture to have the consistancy of pancake batter. You may have to add more water to get it this way. Next I cut a piece old carpet 13"x13". I then soak it in water and put it on the top of my bedding. When I feed my worms I take a couple of spoons of the feed mixture and put it on the top of the bedding. Do not bury your feed, as it can heat up and your worms Will crawl away. I feed once a week, and only put enough food in to last that long. Next place your carpet piece on top of the feed. I keep the carpet piece damp. If you need to add water, just sprinkle a little on the top of the carpet. This keeps you from over watering your bedding, and the carpet helps hold moisture in the bedding. Over watering Will make your worms crawl away as well. I learned this the Hard way. I had my worm chest in a spare bedroom one winter, and awoke one morning to find between 700 and 1000 red wigglers dead and drying up on the carpet. Every last worm made the great escape.In the summer I will change up their feed a bit, and found they like cantaloupe rinds real well. I hope this has helped anyone wanting to raise their own red wigglers for bait.