1/2 Lb. Live Red Wiggler Compost Worms - ~ 500 Worms for Composting

Size: 1/2 pound (~500 Compost Worms)

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Our live red wiggler compost worms are grown at our worm farm outside of Austin, TX.  We use a variety of sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices breeding red wigglers, including feeding the compost worms a steady diet of organic waste diverted from landfills via Austin's Zero Waste Landfill initiative. We do not use peat moss or other unsustainable inputs in our live worms breeding process.

Why Buy Red Wigglers from Brothers Worm Farm?

* Experience: We ship millions of red wigglers each year throughout the 48 states. Your order is the culmination of tens of thousands of successful shipments.

* Service: We will communicate frequently about your order, provide instructions on caring for live worms so you are set-up for success, and are always available to help with any questions at highfive@brotherswormfarm.com.

* Live Delivery Guarantee: We guarantee live delivery of your red wiggler compost worms.

New to worm composting? Check out our Worm Composting 101 - the Complete Guide to Starting a Worm Bin article for tips and strategies on starting a worm compost bin.

Customer Testimonials

"Received my red wigglers!  They are warm and snug in their new home. I appreciate the great customer service...so refreshing.  Will definitely recommend you to the gardening group in the neighborhood." Felicia W., Saginaw, MI

"The composting worms arrived safely and after 12 hours in their new home are doing great. Thank you for excellent service!" Harold R, Fayetteville, AR

"Shipment received on time and the worms are alive and kicking in their new compost pile. Thanks for everything!"  John G, Los Angeles, CA

Why Buy Red Wigglers?

Compost worms (aka red wigglers, manure worms, garden worms, etc) are considered some of the best composting worms for several reasons. They:

  • Can quickly consume and process large amounts of organic material. By many estimates composting worms consume ~ 1/2 their weight in just a few days. So 1-2 pounds of red wiggler worms can consume several pounds of organic waste per week!
  • Are easy to take care of and usually require less than 20 minutes per week of care (for feeding and light watering/misting).
  • Survive and thrive in wider temperature, moisture, and soil pH ranges than other worms. Compost worms thrive in bed temperatures between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit and can survive in much colder or warmer temperatures if they live in the ground or soil.
  • Can consume many types of organic waste, and they are able to process the waste into rich vermicompost (aka worm castings) that is a proven soil amendment in producing higher yield and drought-resistant plants and vegetables in home gardens and commercial enterprises.

In addition, most composting worms and red wigglers grow to 2-4 inches and are a fantastic protein-rich food for aquarium fish, chickens, pet turtles and lizards!

Looking to Buy European Nightcrawlers? Check out our Selection of the Diverse Fishing and Composting Worm Here!

What's in Your Order of Composting Worms?

Your order will include live red wiggler compost worms in fresh bedding, carefully packed in a branded, reusable sack. Your order will include:

  • Mostly mature adult compost worms 
  • Instructions for unpacking and caring for your live worms.

Our compost worm population includes Eisenia Fetida and Perionyx Excavatus. The breeds are very similar and both are great composters and very efficient at breaking down organic waste in vermicomposting bins and generating worm castings.  We use them at home and at our farm location to process organic waste and generate premium worm castings.

    When Will Your Red Wrigglers Order Ship?

    Most orders ship within 1-2 business days via USPS Priority or UPS (weather or weekend transit risks can move some orders to the following Monday). You will receive an order confirmation after completing your order and a tracking number once the package is shipped.

    **We're sorry that worms can not yet be shipped to the states of Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico.

    What to do When your Red Wrigglers Arrive

    • Like other living creatures, red wrigglers worms are perishable and will not survive in certain conditions, so as soon as they arrive they should be brought inside.
    • The box with live compost worms should be opened and the burlap sack containing the worms should be opened as well. This helps increase air flow to the live worms and also cool them. NOTE: The worms may seem lethargic at first. This is because they have been confined to a small space and in transit for several days. We do not recommend refrigerating the worms.
    • As soon as possible (within a few hours at a minimum) the red wrigglers should be placed in the bin or pile where they will reside. Since the worms are shipped in their original bedding the entire bag of bedding and worms can be placed in the bin or pile.
    • If the worms will reside in an indoor or outdoor bin, we recommend lining the bottom of the bin with slightly damp shredded or torn cardboard. This will act as additional bedding for the worms to grow and breed in.

    Composting Worms and Red Wiggler Frequently Asked Questions

    How many red wiggler worms should I buy?

    • For composting in a worm bin we recommend 1 pound of compost worms per square foot of space. If you are starting a stackable worm bin, 1 pound of red wigglers is usually enough for your first tray. If you are new to worm composting, we recommend starting with a smaller order (e.g., 1 pound or less) of live worms until you are comfortable taking care of them.
    • If you are an experienced worm farmer or composter, we recommend 2 pounds of compost worms for every pound of food waste you would like to compost per day.

    Are compost worm bins smelly?

    • No - they shouldn't be if a few simple rules are followed (see our blog for more info). Worm bins should mostly smell slightly musky like grass and dirt.

    How fast will my red wigglers reproduce?

    • As long as bin conditions remain favorable compost worms will reproduce very quickly. Mature red wiggler worms can reproduce as many as 1 cocoon per week, which on average will hatch 1-3 baby worms per cocoon. Upon hatching, baby compost worms will usually reach the juvenile stage and sexual maturity within 6-10 weeks. 

    • Live worm reproduction is impacted by bin conditions, density, feed type, and time of year, so be patient and let nature take over! In good conditions your red wigglers population should reproduce and double in size every 3-6 months.

    Do you ship red wigglers year-round?

    • We ship compost worms year round via USPS and UPS Priority and within 1-2 business days of your order (weather or transit times may move some orders to the following Monday).  Delivery times will depend on your location but on average the live worms should arrive within 3 days after Brothers Worm Farm ships them.
    • Unfortunately we can not yet ship live worms to Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.


    We're service-obsessed and committed to making your compost worm order - and vermicomposting journey - a great experience.  Have questions? Email us at highfive@brotherswormfarm.com and we're happy to help!

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 8 reviews
    Rupert Gordon

    1/2 Lb. Live Red Wiggler Compost Worms - ~ 500 Worms for Composting

    C Roberts
    Restart of old compost collection

    Box arrived really beaten up during transit. But, canvas bags were still intact. So let the wigglers acclimate to their new environment. Bin is a half-filled Tumbleweed bin I've used for about 20 years. Compost is grass, leaves, dirt, shredded paper, coffee grounds and fruit peelings. Added some space heaters to ward off the freezing temps, and added all 500 wigglers. And they are happy! Collected some rain water and more coffee grounds for keeping the pile damp, and look forward to watching the little dudes go to town on the collection. I can't resist popping the lid daily and seeing the team in action.

    Christina Marks
    Happy worms

    I'm very happy with my purchase. The worms seem to be setting in quite nicely into their new environment.

    Great Service

    My worms arrived quickly, and as far as I can tell they were all alive upon arrival. They have excellent communication. There was some confusion with my order, but they emailed me right away, and we straighten it out over the weekend. I am a very satisfied customer and will be returning when I need more worms. Thank you.

    Carolyn Minteer
    Great service!

    My worms arrived promptly and they look very healthy. This the second time I’ve ordered. Highly recommend.