|Posted by Herron Farms on May 1, 2011 at 1:14 AM|
Keeping and Caring for European Nightcrawlers
European nightcrawlers are easy to keep and raise. The most common bedding for
european nightcrawlers is peat moss. You can mix this with shredded news paper.
European nightcrawlers do not have to be keep in refrigerator. They like it at
Chicken laying mash is a good feed for european nightcrawlers. Purina makes
commercial worm feed that works well.
If you are looking for a dual purpose worm for both fishing and composting the
european nightcrawlers is the worm you want. European nightcrawlers will eat and
compost the same as red worms do but since european nightcrawlers are much
larger than red worms that make the perfect fishing worm.
Fishing with European Nightcrawlers
European nightcrawlers are becoming one of the most popular fishing worms.
They are much larger than red worms and very active. The european nightcrawlers
has a tough skin that helps in keeping them on your hook. I have been told many
times by my customers that they have caught more than one fish with the same
worm. The European nightcrawlers we sell for bait are 3 to 4 inches long and as
big around as a #2 pencil.
European Nightcrawlers, also know as Giant Redworms and Belgium Worms, were
introduced into the United States from Europe in the late 1990's. Since that time,
this worm is becoming more and more popular as both a large composting
earthworm and an all around fishing bait here in the states. European
Nightcrawlers grow three to eight inches long and thick as a pencil.
Although Red Wigglers or Redworms are the better known composting
earthworms, European Nightcrawlers make great composting worms for those who
wish to grow a larger earthworm. Much bigger than their smaller cousin the Red
Wiggler or Redworm, European Nightcrawlers are easily grown in the same
manner as Red Wigglers. Besides their size, the main difference between Red
Wigglers and European Nightcrawlers for composting is that European
Nightcrawlers do not breed as quickly nor eat as much as Red Wigglers. Kept
reasonably warm and well fed, adult European Nightcrawlers will produce about
one egg capsules per earthworm a week. It takes from three to seven months
from hatching to maturity. The happier and less crowded they are, the faster they
will reach maturity.
If you are a fisherman looking for the perfect bait worm, look no further. The
European Nightcrawler makes a superb bait worm, fantastic for all types of fish.
Kept at temperatures between 40 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, European
Nightcrawlers will live from three to five weeks in a bait cup. Much more heat
tolerant than the common northern nightcrawler, they are also more cold tolerant
than many other types of earthworms. European Nightcrawlers prefer conditions
higher in moisture than most types of earthworms. Their affinity for moisture plus
their cold tolerance, make them very attractive for ice fishing. European
Nightcrawlers will still be active on the hook long after other baits have died.
These worms are tough. The only earthworm suitable for bait in brackish salt
water, European Nightcrawlers will stay active on the hook even after thirty
minutes in freezing or salty water. Will out fish common northern nightcrawlers,
European Nightcrawlers are wonderful fishing worms. If you fish and haven't tried
European Nightcrawlers, you just don't know what you are missing!
The European Nightcrawlers we ship are between 1.2 to 1.5 grams each.
Please do not expect worms that look like Canadian Nightcrawlers.
European Nightcrawlers will not grow as big as the Canadian Nightcrawlers.
Facts about European Nightcrawlers
Since its alot of different information about european nightcrawlers we will give
you some facts that we have experience here at our farm raising european
It takes 4 weeks give or take a few days for a european nightcrawler egg to hatch.
It's only 1 european nightcrawler baby worm per egg (95% of the time). It's rare but
we have found 2 european nightcrawler baby worm per egg. Try it yourself. Find a
european nightcrawler egg in your beds that is a dark brown. This color indicates
the egg is about to hatch. Find the round end and slightly mash the egg and push
the baby european nightcrawler out the pointed end. This should easily be done. It
will not harm the baby worm. Notice the size of the baby european nightcrawler its
much larger than red worms are at time of hatching.
It takes 12 to 16 weeks for a european nightcrawler to become mature enough to
breed. This is indicated by development of the breeding band near it's head. The
young european nightcrawler breeder's eggs will not be as large as a mature
breeder and the hatching percentage will be lower. If conditions are good
european nightcrawlers will lay one egg per week.
We have live mealworms for feeding your
bluebirds and pets. We guarantee live