Closer Look At Raising Alabama Jumpers In A Worm Bin

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I have been honing in on my shooting skills with my digital camera on the Alabama Jumpers as they burrow down rather quickly once I remove the lid. Today was a better day hence I figured I would post an update.

Now for those in disbelief that anyone can raise Alabama Jumpers which reproduce at a good rate in a controlled environment, here are some pictures for you. After all a picture is worth a thousand words or in this case worms!

These are just some of the juvenile Alabama Jumpers in the worm bin I have been raising them. When I dig down it literally will expose thousands more of the little guys from a quarter inch to about two inches in length.

The first picture below displays little stick like items in the photo which in reality are little Alabama Jumpers. This morning there were thousands on the surface area feeding on the remnants of some Purina Worm Chow I have been feeding them.

Alabama Jumpers Photo

The following picture is a close up image of a few of the small Alabama Jumpers. As you can see from the picture, they start off as translucent before growing into the grayish color known to the Alabama Jumper.

Picture of Alabama Jumpers

That’s all on the latest Alabama Jumpers update however will post some more in the near future.

Bruce Galle

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Article Comments

  1. Hey Bruce- All this info has been very helpful. Thank you for giving such solid information regarding raising jumpers.

    I am going to be building raised garden beds in my backyard this weekend. After doing some searching online, I decided to purchase the supplies to make a worm tower out of PVC pipe for each raised bed. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFuIFnjK-ko)

    I am wondering if you have any ideas for making this plan successful. I am considering using rodent bedding (cheap woodchips) as the primary layer under my peat & top soil to encourage the jumpers to stay & be happy in my garden. I think I may add shredded newspaper to the soil mix as well. The whole top will be covered by sheets of newspaper & burlap to keep the soil moist in the hot summer sun.

    I am in southern NJ and the soil underneath the beds is pretty well compressed.

    Also, how many jumpers does one need per sq foot of garden space?

    I really appreciate your help and any thoughts you might have regarding this. Thanks!

    Charlotte

  2. Charlotte

    The main thing is to have a hard compacted soil below which will enable the Alabama Jumpers to live comfortably. It sounds as if you are on the right track.

    If you have any updates for us, please let us know how your worms are doing.

    Bruce

  3. i started raising red worms in jan. my worms are only about 1 to 1 1/2 in. long. what am i doing wrong.? they seem to be leaving the boxes.

  4. I have started a worm bin with alabama jumpers in a plastic tote”worm bin”it seems alot of my worms are missing,but the ones i find seem happy?I use news paper,peat moss and hard black soil.Bin is in doors have only found a few that got out .Any ideas.Thanks

  5. Rusty

    The Alabama Jumpers do prefer a hard packed material for bedding. Also I find anything over about 20% or so of peat moss mixed in they do not like.

    There is a chance that many of them are laying up in the bottom corners of the worm bin as this is where it is probably packed the most.

    Bruce

  6. I have looked everywhere for “Michigan Black Peat Moss”. The local nursey don’t have it and they can’t locate it. Do you have the name of the company or web site where I can get Michigan Black Peat Moss?

    Thanks,
    Bob

  7. Bob

    The URL is MichiganBlackPeat.com however as I fool around with the Alabama Jumpers I have noticed there are several other materials one can use to raise them in. For instance a mixture of about 75% clay soil to 25% Sphagnum Peat Moss works well too. Just be sure not to add anymore than 25% Sphagnum Peat Moss as it retains too much moisture which drains towards the bottom over time killing of the worms.

    Bruce

  8. Bill

    The Alabama Jumpers in the pictures are a couple months old, however this was done in a worm bin setup that I no longer use. The newer setup allows me to grow them out much faster, however still working on improvements. In fact I found a bedding mix they actually did well in after they settled on in. They did take a couple days to go down, hence I am setting up a new bin today to allow for it to sit for 2 days before setting the worms in to see if this makes a difference or not.

    Always learning more about these critters :-)

    Bruce

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