Help Help! When do I do my first feeding!?

Discussions about the care and keeping of ants

Moderator: ooper01

Post Reply
Masterchief
Posts: 23
Joined: Sun May 06, 2018 5:50 pm
Location: Elk Grove, CA

Help Help! When do I do my first feeding!?

Post: # 37698Post Masterchief
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:44 am

Hey AC Fam! Queen Lucy's first batch of eggs are now up and waking around! Yup! It's official, I've got baby ants and I'm Soo STOKED! Lol! She is a liometopum occidentale and she is fully closteral. From everything I've read and hear she will need to be fed soon. I'm thinking a tiny toothpick drop of pure honey and a few days later their first cricket leg! Please give me some advice as to when!?!?
Here are the pics! Sorry their blurryish.. A little condensation gave me some issues!

http://imgur.com/gallery/HzT5nvO

Thanks! Go ACAF!

User avatar
Batspiderfish
Posts: 2742
Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:47 pm
Location: Maine

Re: Help Help! When do I do my first feeding!?

Post: # 37737Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:01 pm

Avoid feeding your colonies inside the test tube. They should have access to a foraging area now that the colony is mature enough. Most talcum-lined containers will do fine in a pinch. They will need sugary liquid and small insects, with the freedom to forage and clean after themselves.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

Masterchief
Posts: 23
Joined: Sun May 06, 2018 5:50 pm
Location: Elk Grove, CA

Re: Help Help! When do I do my first feeding!?

Post: # 37770Post Masterchief
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:25 pm

Awesome! Thank You! I was totally wondering when to put them in my little setup I made for them! Little plastic open top tub. Lined with isopropyl alcohol and baby powder. Lucy has about 10 little'uns that just started walking and about 30 more brood otw. How often should I feed? Should I keep a tiny dabble of pure honey and a very small protein source at all times? She likes fruit as well (says the internet), should I put a tiny slice of apple in there or something also? Maybe have a fresh fruit in there!? This is my first colony ever! Any and all advice specifically geared tward early on feeding would be SWEET! Thank you All soooo much for your time and the info! GO ACAF!!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests