Founding Stage Feeding Amount

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AntsArizona
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Founding Stage Feeding Amount

Post: # 27600Post AntsArizona
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:15 am

So I have 1 queen (Tetramorium I believe) with about 8-10 workers and some brood in a test tube setup. I have a small container like Mikey's Test Tube Portal (AntsCanada) attached to it so I can drop food/honey in. I gave it tiny cricket Sunday 07/31/17 and the morning before work I saw it ate about 3/4 of it. I removed the rest to keep it clean.

Question: Based on the amount they ate, at this stage, how often should I feed them? Once a week? every 2-3 days?

Cricket was about 1/2" long. It was a small teen cricket.

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Re: Founding Stage Feeding Amount

Post: # 27649Post Serafine
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:46 pm

Feed them as much as they eat. When you give too much they will simply ignore it. Note that their hunger for protein is directly proportional to the number or larvae they have.

They will also eat more each time after a wave of new workers eclosed (the colony will store as much food as it can).
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AntsArizona
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Re: Founding Stage Feeding Amount

Post: # 27652Post AntsArizona
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:38 pm

Awesome thanks for the info!!

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