My first experience with silkworms

Discussion in 'Chameleon Food' started by Katacara, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    2 weeks is usually how long they take most of the time. I never cut mine, not even when most of mine were just regular white or zebra silks, and cutting it off to soon is asking for death and premature hatching from the cocoon which will cause sickly moths with various issues as far as organ formations. You need strong genetic lines in generations, even if they are just normal worms, or you asking for easily sick worms and moths that have poor egg production, fertilization, cocooning, hatching, etc etc.

    The silk shouldn't be hard for a healthy moth to get out of no matter how thick it is considering the stuff that they spit on it dissolves the silk.
     
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  2. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    Thanks for your help @zordtaz & @Andee!

    I'm not sure when they started cocooning, I meant to make a note of it but alas I did not. It sure feels like all four of the ever's ago though! That could just be me being excited and anxious for my first months though!

    Thanks again guys, I will keep you posted
     
  3. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    Proud new moth mama!!!!

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  4. nightanole

    nightanole Avid Member

    Thats alot of moth momas to tape into toilet paper rolls...

    Guess im just not setup for high volume.
     
  5. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    I wasn't really set up for a lot at first either, the amount of worms I had cocoon surprised me. So I had to make adjustments on the fly. I can't believe how easy I found the whole process to be. So now I'm excited to join the ranks of people who breed silkworms!!
     
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  6. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Honestly they look tasty, like little marshmallow puffs
     
  7. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    Haha they do look good!

    Close up they look (and feel) just like packing peanuts!!
     
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  8. zordtaz

    zordtaz Member

    Time to make business. Sell the eggs...:p:p
     
  9. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    I started my feeder business about a month ago.
     
  10. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Hustlin silkworms
     
  11. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    @jamest0o0 :ROFLMAO: lol!! Hustel'n for sure!!

    SUCCESS!!!!! I have my 1st eggs!!!! (y)

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    I'm so excited!!!!
     
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  12. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Congratz!
     
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  13. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    Thanks!
     
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  14. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    Now to see if they turn those wonderful fertile colors <3
     
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  15. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    I can't wait!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed!!! It should be 3 or 4 days until I can tell right?
     
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  16. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    Ummm it can take 2-4 days sometimes it takes 5 but very rarely. I will hope you get as many fertile as possible ^^ Idk if I should hope for all of them to be fertile XD that's quite a lot.
     
  17. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    Lol if they are all fertile... :eek: idk, I hope they would all sell!! (y) one of my girls decided to lay tonight. I'm glad I check on them all the time!!
     
  18. Katacara

    Katacara Avid Member

    This poor gurl looks like she is about to ezplode!!!!

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  19. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    She likely will lay lots of eggs. If you can seperate her eggs, I would use them as breeders honestly. She has a healthy body shape and the father moth looks great as well.
     

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