Earthworm Reproduction Rates
So much has been written about earthworm reproduction rates that you can generally get whatever stats you are looking for if you look long enough.
Some say earthworm populations double every 30 days, some say 90 days, others say 120, still others say it could be longer if you are considering
the time it takes from cocoon to adult earthworm maturity. They are all correct!
The conditions will vary from one worm bin to the next, and the conditions control everything. Of course, the time to earthworm
maturity is fairly consistent from species to species, though we have seen ranges of 90 to 220 days for going from cocoon to maturity. Obviously, it
depends on a great many things.
The bottom line?
Your worms will reproduce at the rate they reproduce at - no faster and no slower. The only thing you can do is to try and create the most favorable
conditions for your earthworms and leave the rest to them. If you're considering starting a worm farm or earthworm business and need this information
for a business plan, we would say that you are approaching an Earthworm Business the wrong way.
Start small and learn what you are doing first.
From that experience, you will know how fast you are able to get worms to reproduce, with that information you will be able to calculate how fast
you can generate the kind of volumes of worms you need to make the kind of income you weant to make. Then you can formulate a business
plan based on your own experiences and not the experiences of others.
One final word of warning: if you need to borrow the money to start a worm farm business, don't do it. In our opinion, you need to be
disciplined enough to save the money yourself. Start out small and grow your earthworm business to the demands of your customers.
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