Moldy silkworms.?

acidburn01

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We just got 100 silkworms day before yesterday. We learned the hard way they don't do well in warm areas so we kept them in a cooler part of the house. Yesterday, I opened the containers and this stuff was in both containers. Surely it didn't get this moldy overnight.? It was in a cool area with no moisture or anything. Also, why is it yellow.??

If it is mold, do we have to throw out the worms.? I don't have extra silkworm food so I don't know what to do.
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
We just got 100 silkworms day before yesterday. We learned the hard way they don't do well in warm areas so we kept them in a cooler part of the house. Yesterday, I opened the containers and this stuff was in both containers. Surely it didn't get this moldy overnight.? It was in a cool area with no moisture or anything. Also, why is it yellow.??

If it is mold, do we have to throw out the worms.? I don't have extra silkworm food so I don't know what to do.
I dont know what that is if its mold or what-- lets have some others look
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@CooperDragon
 

CooperDragon

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I've found that their food/poop can get moldy pretty quickly. They also tend to be fairly fragile, unfortunately. Ventilation and frequent food change can help with this. What I do is remove them from the container they're shipped in, then put them in a shoebox sized plastic tote with holes drilled all over the lid. I put down some paper towel and then blobs of food for them and let them be in the tote. I change out the food and paper towel every day or two in order to make sure everything stays clean and fresh. A bit more work than other feeders but they're a really good option and worth it in my opinion.
 

acidburn01

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I've found that their food/poop can get moldy pretty quickly. They also tend to be fairly fragile, unfortunately. Ventilation and frequent food change can help with this. What I do is remove them from the container they're shipped in, then put them in a shoebox sized plastic tote with holes drilled all over the lid. I put down some paper towel and then blobs of food for them and let them be in the tote. I change out the food and paper towel every day or two in order to make sure everything stays clean and fresh. A bit more work than other feeders but they're a really good option and worth it in my opinion.
Okay. I can do that, except for their food. All we have is what they shipped into their containers. And I can't find anything consistent on what else they can eat. Is there other things they can safely eat.?
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Okay. I can do that, except for their food. All we have is what they shipped into their containers. And I can't find anything consistent on what else they can eat. Is there other things they can safely eat.?
You can order food from where you got the silk worms from -- try and save what you can for now and order some -- Powdered Silkworm Food
 

CooperDragon

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Yeah the food can be ordered as a powder, mixed with boiling water, and then set into a gel. Aside from that they eat mulberry leaves but if they grew up on the chow they may not take to the leaves.
 

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