silk worm not eating issues - any ideas why?

little leaf

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these are the most spoiled silks I have ever had- they only want to eat the mulberry - I have offered chow, black and white M. leaves - they wont eat anything else but the berry, and I only offered that because they were dieing off - and other ppl have said they are also not having luck getting theirs to eat either - anyone else having issues w/ there silks? I think this heat wave, then the cold snap we had has everything all screwed up!
I lost my entire first batch, they ran AWAY from the food? then the 2nd batch all did fine- ran TO the food- now this 3rd batch- runs away from the food- I have not changed one thing from one batch to the next - any idea what is going on???
thanks :)
 
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little leaf

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new vs mature leaves? maybe its a texture thing? Do they eat the powdered chow?

no, both batches that died off would not even go to it- or the leaves- this one is acting the same way - that is why I offered the berry -they are eating the berry -but dont seem to want anything else
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Could try blanching or microwaving the leave a little to break up the wax layer for the babies.

Honestly i was surprised when mine started eating the berries. Mine would only eat them when all the leaves were gone.
 

little leaf

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Could try blanching or microwaving the leave a little to break up the wax layer for the babies.

Honestly i was surprised when mine started eating the berries. Mine would only eat them when all the leaves were gone.

I will try that too- cant hurt - lol - these worms are BRATS ! :mad:
 

little leaf

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Are you sure that is mulberry? It really doesn't look like mulberry leafs.

yes, same trees I got the berries from - but I have chopped up some of the leaves - so they are a bit ravaged - thought if they could get a bite on the edge of the leaf maybe they would eat them ?
 

djfishygillz

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That's weird your silks are black. Must be because of the berries. I have heard once they have one type of food they won't switch over.. You may have to just keep picking berries lol
 

pigglett79

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silks arent the smartest worm out there. Your worms look really normal to me. They just seem to be addicted to berries. I am trying the pod method this time around and unlike horn worms they do not climb up to the food. I actually have to spread food on the plastic mesh from the lid to the top to lure them up there. And even then only a few go. Its crazy that horn worms are just so much easier and smarter LOL.
 
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