Silkworms have many advantages over other common feeder insects, the main disadvantages is the cost. In order to make silkworms a cheaper staple feeder, you can raise your own with our silkworm eggs!
Lets say you are trying to find a healthier alternative to crickets, superworms, and mealworms, so you go on the internet and stumble upon this post and thinking it would be way to expensive to order silkworms every week to feed your beloved pet. This is where the silkworm eggs come in!
Raising silkworms is no easy task, but with a little bit of reading on our site, getting a couple of reasonably priced pieces of equipment, it is more than doable, even if all the space you have is a little corner you are good to go! The two MUST have items are obviously silkworm eggs and silkworm food, the food will take a couple of cooking utensils, a microwave, and about 10 minutes!
So now its been about a week sense you put the silkworm eggs in the incubator recommended on my egg page, they have gotten lighter in color and are getting very close to hatching! you come in the next morning and sure enough you have a ton of tiny little hungry black lines! Following my raising guide you feed those black lines and slowly they grow into the white silkworms we have all grown to love.
So now you’re thinking this is all fine and dandy, but where does that leave the price of a silkworm? well lets say you buy crickets at 10 cents each, raising your own silkworms to the size needed for your leopard gecko is…. right around 10 cents…. not only do they come out to around the same price, but you are now feeding one of the very best feeder insect, and each silkworm has MUCH more in it than a single cricket!