You have a worm farm set up and it’s been running for two weeks. You’re excited to take a look inside, but things aren’t going as you expected. Maybe your worms don’t seem to be moving! Or maybe they’re missing altogether. Don’t worry, you haven’t done anything wrong; this is normal. To answer the question “Why are my worms not moving?”, we need to look at the different areas of your worm bin where you can find them. Then we’ll examine the conditions that would make them move or not move within those areas.
Why Are My Worms Not Moving?
If your worms are not moving, it can be a sign of a number of things. The first thing to consider is whether or not your worms are healthy. If you’ve just gotten them and they’re still in their shipping box, then it’s likely that they’re simply too nervous to move around much. If you’ve been caring for them for awhile, however, you may want to check their health status with an aquarium thermometer (at least 90 degrees F) or by gently scooping up some soil from around the worm farm and placing it on top of the soil in another part of the tank (if no one feeds on this area within 24 hours). If there is no activity after several days, then something is wrong with your worm farm setup.
Another possibility is that the environment has become toxic due to improper levels of moisture or temperature—or even due to overfeeding or insufficient aeration when using composting techniques instead of beds filled with vermiculite and pea gravels like those used in traditional bedding-based systems such as red wrigglers used by farmers who raise chickens using composted poultry droppings as fertilizer instead
I have a bed that is about 2 weeks old, from the beginning of the bedding it doesn’t seem to have many worms.
There should be worms in your bedding. They are a natural part of the ecosystem and should be moving around your bedding daily. If you find that there is no movement, this may mean that your worms are not getting enough food to survive, or there is something wrong with them (such as being too hot).
The past week I’ve noticed more but none of them are moving.
There are a few reasons why your worms might not be moving. The first of which is that you may have no worms at all, and are simply imagining things. Second, it could be that the bedding is too thick for your worms to move through and therefore they are unable to get around in their bin. Thirdly, it could be that there is something wrong with one or more of your worms and they’re sick, injured or dead (but hopefully not all three).
If you’ve ruled out these possibilities then check whether any of the following signs apply:
- You see any movement under the surface; such as crawling or wriggling;
- There’s an unusual amount of moisture on top of your bedding;
- There’s an unusual stench coming from inside the bin;
Is this normal?
If your worms are not moving, it could mean one of a few things:
- They’re in the bin but not in the bedding
- They’re in the bedding but not in the bin
- They’ve died (this is very unlikely)
This can be tested by putting some bedding into a container and adding water. Then check if there are worms anywhere near it.
At this age, what should be happening with my worms?
Generally, your worms should be moving around the bedding after about a week or two. If they are not moving, the first thing to check is whether the temperature of your unit is too hot or cold. The temperature needs to be maintained at 21-24 degrees Celsius (70-75 degrees Fahrenheit). If it’s too warm, they may not move and if it’s too cold they may stay in a clump together rather than spreading out into their natural living environment.
If you’re sure that everything else is okay and you still don’t see any movement from your worms, then it’s possible that you have an infestation of mites on them – which can happen if there hasn’t been much activity in the unit recently as these pests prefer warm places such as those where food scraps are added regularly.
Learn different areas of your worm bin to check on your worms if they aren’t moving.
You can check for worms that may have moved to a different area of the bin, hiding, stuck or even dead.
If you find any dead worms and your bin is still new, this is normal and nothing to worry about. The next time you open your worm bin, take note of how many are remaining in each section and then divide by two. This will give you an idea of how many worms have died since your last inspection.
If possible, gently tap each tray (or compartments) with your hand while looking at it from both sides of the tray in order to see if any worms have moved around since the last time you checked on them. If one or more do move around after tapping it gently with your hand (but not too hard), then try moving those worms into another compartment so they don’t get crushed or injured when feeding or watering them later on down the road!
By keeping track of your worms and their activities, you can stop any problems from happening. If your bed is not moving then it is probably too wet or has become anaerobic. If this happens, then you need to add more bedding material. You can also try to start over and make a new one with a different mixture of ingredients that are right for your worms.
If the problem still exists after all these suggestions have been tried then maybe it’s time to look into what might be causing this problem in the first place! A good way to find out why there isn’t as much activity could be because they’re not getting enough food or they’re too hot inside their bin; either way once these issues are fixed…you should see plenty more movement soon!