Worms in my Dog poop worm bin have disapeared
by Paul L
(Berkeley, CA, USA)
After finding this website, and being tired of throwing dog poop in the trash, I decided to make a dog poop composter with 2 5-gallon buckets. About 1 month in and it looks as if all my red wigglers (started with ~500 sourced from Uncle Jim's here in the U.S.) have died off.
I drilled plenty of 5mm holes about 5cm apart in the top bucket; used plenty of bedding (newspaper and cardboard), and dumped the red wigglers in with the peat moss they came in. I live in the San Francisco bay area where the weather is pretty temperate, so I don't think temperature extremes is an issue.
Any thoughts? Throughout the month, I never captured much tea in the bottom bucket (so was it not wet enough?). I would sprinkle the bedding from time to time with rainwater. One thought my wife and I had was that we give our lab monthly oral medication for heartworm and flea/tick. Could this cause issues? (But what good is the medicine doing if it's going right through the GI system!?!). The odor was never offensive until about the last week where it is certainly stronger (but then there are no worms doing any composting).
Thanks for your help!