silkworms

Fate X

New Member
is it possible to keep silkworms a few more days before they spin a cacoon thing. if i limit the amount of food for them will they last longer before they spin?
 

Tygerr

Avid Member
When you say "more than a few days", it makes me wonder what age you are getting the silkworms at.

From hatching to spinning a cocoon takes about 6 weeks on average.

You can delay them from spinning (i.e. prolong the larval stage) by feeding them less. One method I've used is not to give them food at night. The only problem I have with this approach is that generally the worms seem less healthy, and I have a slightly higher amount of deaths over the life cycle.
(that said, I only had about 15 deaths out of my last batch of 850 worms).

Still, I want my cham to be eating the healthiest worms possible, so I prefer to give them enough food to get them big, healthy and juicy, rather than keeping them scrawny just to prolong their usefulness.

If you're hatching your worms from eggs, a better method would be to hatch only a few eggs every week/fortnight (and leave the rest in the fridge until you need them). That way you will have staggered batches of worms, and you should always have a batch that is the right size for your cham.
 
Question related to silkworms

Does the general rule "Don't feed your cham anything wider than it's eyes" apply to silkies as well. I would think not due to their lack of chitinous(spelling?) material. I just wanted to check with those more knowledgeable first.
 

Fate X

New Member
these worms are big right now and id like them to last maybe another week.

then i got them they were mixed sizes and i feed them alot to make them grow faster .i was feeding them to my chameleons when i first got them i feed them the bigger ones. i got 100 in my order so far none have died no d.o.a.'s either.

thanks for the info because i feed them in the evening sometimes after what you said im feeding them in the morning/afternoon instead.
 
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