We use cattle manure to make our vermicast at our vermicomposting facility and the worms thrive. After twenty years of production who knows how many countless generations have come and gone. Getting worms to reproduce in an indoor worm bin is another story. Our Easy bin has been up and running since last November, about six months, up until last week we hadn’t found any eggs. Red worms should be able to reproduce every two months or so which put this bin a little behind schedule. What’s gone wrong? The bin’s in really good condition, with a nice balance of bedding and food, vermicast and worms. The colony eats about one litre of kitchen scraps per week and the smaller worms are growing nicely, why aren’t they having lots of babies? While pondering this very question the quality of food came up, are they getting enough protein….manure has a higher protein content than the strictly veggie diet in the bin and we decider to add extra protein. We used a course whole wheat flour to bump up the protein value and one week later began to find our first eggs. This could simple be coincidence as worms can be a bit seasonal in their breeding habits but supplementing their diet is not a bad idea. We plan to start four new bins over the next few weeks. Half of these will stay with the veggie diet and the other two will get flour as well. Stay tuned for updates.