Non-Bug Protein Sources?

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 27482Post Jadeninja9
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:43 am

Serafine wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:35 am
It really depends on your environment. If you know that there are no pesticides used nearby it's not an issue at all - I regularly feed spiders from the woods or around the house and never had any issues. Actually my ant's primary food source are frozen bee pupae I got from a friend and no problems so far.
When you get the spiders, do you smack them? For instance, if there was a spider on your wall that you wanted to feed to your ants, and you smack it with a shoe, wouldn't that get rid of most of the guts that the ants need?
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 27491Post Serafine
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:39 am

I catch them in a small screw glass and freeze them.
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 27517Post Jadeninja9
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:22 am

Serafine wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:39 am
I catch them in a small screw glass and freeze them.
Ok
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

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Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:08 pm

Serafine wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:35 am
It really depends on your environment. If you know that there are no pesticides used nearby it's not an issue at all - I regularly feed spiders from the woods or around the house and never had any issues. Actually my ant's primary food source are frozen bee pupae I got from a friend and no problems so far.
True. I just want people to be very careful.
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 28137Post Cartil
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:12 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:28 am
I would not recommend feeding bugs from out doors. It could prove fatal for your colony. A founding colony definitely should have insects as it's main protein. After they have a larger amount of workers you can bounce between insects, meats, egg, dog food, ect. But make sure that they are still getting insects as at least a supplement. They probably won't thrive quite as well as if they were being feed a fully insect diet for protein, but they should be fine. I buy a package of mealworms or crickets and freeze them. (fruit flies work great for a very young colony) And then I freeze them (except for the fruit flies which will produce flies for a couple months. I would dump some fruit flies into a big jar every couple of days and freeze them, but leave the culture to produce more.) When my colony is hungry, I take out a mealworm or cricket and cut it up to make the juices easily accessible, and stick it in a testtube inside the outworld.
Quick question though: Where do you find fruit flies? You're saying you have a culture of them, but I am assuming you got the initial batch from somewhere?

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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 28151Post Jadeninja9
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:42 am

You can get them from pet stores like petsmart
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 28157Post idahoantgirl
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:34 am

also, the fruit fly culture will die in a couple of months after purchase. unfortunately they do not breed never-endingly.
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It has no commander,
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yet it stores its provisions in summer
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 28419Post muhilanirudh
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:59 am

termites can be taken from the surroundings they dont cary any pesticides be cause they are very sensitive to it.
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Re: Non-Bug Protein Sources?

Post: # 29093Post Cartil
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:22 pm

Great, thank you!

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