i happen to be in a situation where i might be able to get a bag or two of muhlberry leaves ,cause theres a tree behind my moms house. if i were to breed these does anyone know if its difficult ?
Will Hayward said:A Bag or two of mulberry leaves, would only last a day really. A friend of mine who owns a business supplying silks decided to do an experiment with the leaves. He said 'never again', because of how fast they ate it compared to the chow. Its also NOT as healthy for them as the chow.
Will Hayward said:Nicer cocoons? maybe... The Mulberry Farms site states: "They are easier to raise to the cocoon stage using mulberry leaves" but they also admit that people rarely have trouble on the chow. I personally have never had troubles getting them to cocoon on chow. I don't know how that rumour started... or Who had trouble but I can't understand why they did.
The chow food is not "Just" leaves. It has added nutrients, vitamins, minerals. These are both beneficial to the worms, but more importantly to your chameleon. Feed the worms leaves and you feed them, feed the worms the chow and you are gutloading them with all the nutrients that your reptiles benefit from.
I have a very good friend who breeds silkworms for the reptile market. But all the generations before him (Italians) bred them for the Silk industry. Growing the worms, Harvesting the the cocoons and finally, Transforming into silk. He is a good honest source for info and his knowledge is generations old.
That is an interesting idea. How long have you been doing this?I've been mixing WER gutload in with my chow to raise the nutrition level.