What protein do I feed her?

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Drago118
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What protein do I feed her?

Post: # 31704Post Drago118
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:00 pm

I have a queen, I have had her for 4 weeks now and want to feed her some protein because I am still hopeful she will lay eggs. What should I feed her as protein? Also, how do you prekill the insects you feed to your ants and also, should I freeze or boil them? Please help me.

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Re: What protein do I feed her?

Post: # 32246Post idahoantgirl
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:07 pm

Drago118 wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:00 pm
I have a queen, I have had her for 4 weeks now and want to feed her some protein because I am still hopeful she will lay eggs. What should I feed her as protein? Also, how do you prekill the insects you feed to your ants and also, should I freeze or boil them? Please help me.
What species of queen? If she is semi claustral then yes, feed her. but if she is fully claustral than feeding her will not make her lay eggs. if she isn't mated, she just isn't and there is nothing yo can do about it. Feeding a fully claustral queen will only stress her out. just leave her be and don't check on her often. As far as insects go, when you have workers, you give them insects. I buy a thing of mealworms and freeze them in a mason jar. you can also use crickets or cockroaches. for young colonies, fruit flies are great.

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Idahoantgirl
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeper of Tetramorium Immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

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