Feeding new colony.

Posts and questions relating to ant diet & nutrition. Let us know what you’re feeding your ants.

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AntTaco
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35424Post AntTaco
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:45 pm

True, I learned some ant owners feed their queen ants at the beginning to minimize the queen eating her own eggs.

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35577Post idahoantgirl
Tue May 01, 2018 10:27 pm

actually feeding queens at the beginning GREATLY raises the chance of her eating her eggs. It is really stressful for them to have the cotton removed, a giant toothpick dripping with honey being shoved in their face, And then left with a floor covered in sticky honey or a giant cricket leg that they simply don't need. Just leave your queens alone to do their thing. They aren't hungry. They are designed to survive on their own and survive best when their environment mimics a natuaral, wild environment.
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.

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35596Post antnest8
Thu May 03, 2018 5:17 am

i would think of it like this. What if a giant ripped of your roof when you are just lying in the house and put a pot of chili next to you. Would that stress you out? even if you were hungry it would be just weird. :)
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averagebilly
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35606Post averagebilly
Thu May 03, 2018 9:07 am

Your ants should be fine with the outworld, just make sure that the entrance isn't too large for them to defend. Although, I don't expect them to be attacked, it will stress them out.
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35629Post idahoantgirl
Fri May 04, 2018 1:39 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 5:17 am
i would think of it like this. What if a giant ripped of your roof when you are just lying in the house and put a pot of chili next to you. Would that stress you out? even if you were hungry it would be just weird. :)
Lol that it awesome :lol:
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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

ZantKeeper
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35645Post ZantKeeper
Sun May 06, 2018 12:43 am

Thanks for the replies. Thus far my ants haven't tried to eat any of the food provided, there is roughly 10 workers and a large pile of brood. How many workers do you need for them to start needing food?

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35650Post AntTaco
Sun May 06, 2018 8:03 am

ZantKeeper wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 12:43 am
Thanks for the replies. Thus far my ants haven't tried to eat any of the food provided, there is roughly 10 workers and a large pile of brood. How many workers do you need for them to start needing food?
Around 10 to 15 workers

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