Feeding new colony.

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ZantKeeper
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Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34482Post ZantKeeper
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:34 pm

Hi, my queens first workers are around now and I don't have any insects at the moment, would meats such as beef, chicken, pork etc work in small servings for protein? And for sugar, honey or chocolate?

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34490Post antnest8
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:02 pm

all of those are OK for feeding. just don't take insects from the outside.
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34542Post ZantKeeper
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:21 pm

Hey, thanks for the reply.

I tried putting some beef and honey out in the out world area but the ants won't leave the test tube to forage, any ideas why? I may just get rid of the out world for now and try putting the food directly into the tube, if they don't eat I'm worried they'll all die.

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34546Post CherrieEvolved
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:13 am

Mine generally dont like to leave the test tube. I need to put the food inside of the entrance for them to get it. They dont need an out world until they have quite a few workers.
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34881Post AntTaco
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:30 pm

Though I am starting out, I know from a AntsCanada tutorial (or normal video) that queens + workers don't need food till the 10th or 15th worker, so i suggest that you count the ants and if you have 10-15 ants, put food in there test tube or out world if you see them foraging in the out world.

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34887Post idahoantgirl
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:24 pm

The ants aren't going to "forget " to eat. they know how to forage, they know how to find food, and they know how to eat it. If they aren't eating, they don't need it. If they don't need it, then don't put it in their tube where it will stress them out and rot. In the wild they have to leave the claustral cell and forage for food, so giving them the same opportunity in captivity is ideal.
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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: # 34888Post zoolantz
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:44 pm

Hi Zantkeeper,

I have the same issue. Just moved my small colony from a gel farm (where they actually forged for food) to an AC starter kit test tube setup. They no longer leave the tube. Not sure if it’s a good thing.

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34907Post Cartil
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:52 pm

Overall, I'd say trust your ants. They know what they need more than we do. If they don't go out, that means they don't need to. Offer them food and change it regularly to make sure it doesn't spoil. If they want it, they will take it. If they don't take it, that means they just don't want it. Try different type of food and make sure you have something sweet and something protein available to them. They'll do what's best for them! :)

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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 34936Post antnest8
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:07 pm

iv'e heard of making a cream by blending meat and some other stuff to make a food paste for your ants. since adult ants can't digest solid foods they generally like wet stuff
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Re: Feeding new colony.

Post: # 35017Post PwnerPie
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:01 am

AntTaco wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:30 pm
Though I am starting out, I know from a AntsCanada tutorial (or normal video) that queens + workers don't need food till the 10th or 15th worker, so i suggest that you count the ants and if you have 10-15 ants, put food in there test tube or out world if you see them foraging in the out world.
Mikey is awesome, but I am strongly against making ants go without food. Feed them often and well. Fat ants are happy ants! :D
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