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Starting colony

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:53 pm
by CaptainAnt2005
Is it possible for me to catch a queen ant, and then put her in a bin filled with dirt or something so she can make her own chamber and come out when she is ready or should I just keep putting ant queens in test tubes?

Re: Starting colony

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:52 pm
by antnest8
some people go with this method but it's risky and time consuming. First of all most queens die while founding so if the queen dies you have no way of knowing, also you can't see her and possibly stop problems like mold out breaks. still as long as you have lots of queens as a polygenous colony or have many setups with queens you could get at least one to succeed, also this would work better with semi-claustral queens since you can know if she's still alive if she comes out to hunt.