Moving and first feeding questions.

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Drifter
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Moving and first feeding questions.

Post: # 95717Post Drifter
Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:26 pm

First, can my queen and her one worker move all by themselves? I plan to move them from my homemade test tube to an AC test tube hooked up to a Test Tube Portal. Do I need more workers?

I have been feeding them drops of honey, but when do I feed them a bug? I was thinking Meal Worms. Is that a good choice?

All answers are appreciated.

Drifter.
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SolenopsisKeeper
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Re: Moving and first feeding questions.

Post: # 95755Post SolenopsisKeeper
Sat Aug 13, 2022 6:26 pm

Drifter wrote:
Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:26 pm
First, can my queen and her one worker move all by themselves? I plan to move them from my homemade test tube to an AC test tube hooked up to a Test Tube Portal. Do I need more workers?

I have been feeding them drops of honey, but when do I feed them a bug? I was thinking Meal Worms. Is that a good choice?

All answers are appreciated.

Drifter.
Yes, they can move, but not far. You must directly connect the tubes together for a move.

Mealworms are good, but crickets and flightless fruit flies are far better in my opinion, due to giving the ants small portions at a time. Mealworms are heavy, which is good to prevent mold.

Brood count on the queen? First feeding should be as soon as the worker exoskeleton hardens.
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Drifter
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Re: Moving and first feeding questions.

Post: # 95767Post Drifter
Sun Aug 14, 2022 7:03 am

She has about 2 cocoons, 2 pupas, and (about) 13 eggs. But I can get the test tube I want them to move too close to them, so they won't have to move far.

Whatever I feed them, how should I prepare it, should I crush It?

Also, how long would you say it can take for them to move?

As always, all answers are appreciated.

Drifter
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Re: Moving and first feeding questions.

Post: # 95781Post SolenopsisKeeper
Sun Aug 14, 2022 7:44 pm

Drifter wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 7:03 am
She has about 2 cocoons, 2 pupas, and (about) 13 eggs. But I can get the test tube I want them to move too close to them, so they won't have to move far.

Whatever I feed them, how should I prepare it, should I crush It?

Also, how long would you say it can take for them to move?

As always, all answers are appreciated.

Drifter
I would wait for the pupae to hatch. It will make it a bit easier on the queen.

It doesn't need to be an insect, it can be chicken or eggs, or almost any table food.

It can take up to a month, but if their tube is dirty it will only take a day or two.
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