How do you prepare ant food?

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How do you prepare ant food?

Post: # 31462Post antfussl
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:24 am

I'm just getting to the stage that my colony has developed bout 10 workers and I want to know how to prepare their prey insects since their is no video on Mikey's channel. :?: :o :D


Re: How do you prepare ant food?

Post: # 31468Post Balvine
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:24 am

I pre kill all my feeder insects before I put them in to the outworld. This ensures they don't trash around once the anys start feeding in them, since it might harm the ants if the feeder insect is bigger than the ants. Also if the colony is small in size or number I also cut the insect in half so the ants have easier access to the juicy parts.

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Re: How do you prepare ant food?

Post: # 31471Post Batspiderfish
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:00 am

Sticking feeder insects in the freezer does the trick.
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Re: How do you prepare ant food?

Post: # 32262Post AntsArizona
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:30 am

Everyone else already said it but yup, Freezing works best. For new colonies, if you freeze a cricket, the legs pretty much snap right off and you can use those very easily.

I also cut a small piece of aluminum foil to to put the food on and slide it into the test tubes using tweezers. It makes for much easier cleaning afterwards.

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Re: How do you prepare ant food?

Post: # 32265Post idahoantgirl
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:07 am

I use bottlecaps as feeding dishes
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It has no commander,
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yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: How do you prepare ant food?

Post: # 32700Post CreeperUniverse
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:45 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:07 am
I use bottlecaps as feeding dishes
That usually works. Sometimes I get something like a piece of wood, and stick the food in using some sort of pin to hold them in place.
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