Help picking breed.

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Help picking breed.

Post: # 11896Post JosumiKun
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:28 pm

I'm starting a colony soon, but i'm only getting the OmniNest vertical and have no intention on expanding it over time, so i was wondering, which ant breed should i pick that won't expand into a huge colony, i want them to be comfy in that nest... Carpenter ants maybe? :idea:

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Re: Help picking breed.

Post: # 12497Post Jharrell23867
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:29 pm

I am no expert but most carpenter ant species are very slow growing so they are perfect for beginners... I have had my queen for about 3 or 4 months now & she only has 3 workers & only 2 or 3 eggs in her pile of brood. I have heard other keepers say that after a whole year they only had between 6-12 workers but after the first year they tend to grow a lot faster.
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Re: Help picking breed.

Post: # 12499Post idahoantgirl
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:31 pm

you can control how big your colony gets by how much protein you feed them. once they get to the size that you like, just cut the protein down a very little bit and continue to feed them that amount of protein.
Proverbs 6:6-11

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.

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Re: Help picking breed.

Post: # 13082Post JosumiKun
Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:13 am

Thank you both, very helpful! :)

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