Food help

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Food help

Post: # 20997Post VaderOG
Thu May 11, 2017 3:42 am

My first colony is just starting out and I have a few questions but first some background. They are RIFA and are currently in a test tube that I have placed in an outworld. There are about 12 workers and I can't tell how much brood because they have nested in the cotton ball. They also haven't explored the outworld as far as I can tell.

Now for the questions:
1) Should I start feeding them in the outworld?
I have been putting little bits of different things on parchment paper and sticking it in the test tube entrance.
2) How much should I be feeding them?
They seem to like honey water, crickets, fruit and even fish food. Can they handle a whole cricket?
3) How often should I feed them? Every day? Should there always be fresh food or is that overdoing it.

I have a nest currently being shipped so I will want to move them to it when it arrives.

Thanks for your time and all the help!


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Re: Food help

Post: # 20999Post Martialis
Thu May 11, 2017 6:13 am

1. Yes! Feeding in the tube can induce mold growth.

2. Only around the size of a hind leg of a cricket right now.

3. Whenever you see them out foraging or once every few days.
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