Test Tube needed or not?

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AntViking
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Test Tube needed or not?

Post: # 20615Post AntViking
Thu May 04, 2017 3:34 pm

I have the camponotus nest from the store. Would it be exceptable to place a newly caught queen directly into nest, hook up a tube with water, and then cover it up? I figure if I do it when she is freshly caught it won't be that stressful and then they can move about on there own accord with food outside the door?

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Re: Test Tube needed or not?

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Thu May 04, 2017 4:00 pm

It is not recommended (or healthy for her) to put the queen alone into the nest.
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Re: Test Tube needed or not?

Post: # 20618Post AntViking
Thu May 04, 2017 4:44 pm

Martialis wrote:
Thu May 04, 2017 4:00 pm
It is not recommended (or healthy for her) to put the queen alone into the nest.
how will it effect her?

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Re: Test Tube needed or not?

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Thu May 04, 2017 5:55 pm

AntViking wrote:
Thu May 04, 2017 4:44 pm
Martialis wrote:
Thu May 04, 2017 4:00 pm
It is not recommended (or healthy for her) to put the queen alone into the nest.
how will it effect her?
It could stress her out cause of the open space. The founding chamber in the wild is a small enclosed space, sort of like a test tube. That's why everyone uses test tubes for newly caught queens and young colonies.

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