Feeding dry dog food to ants

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UnrealSparks
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Feeding dry dog food to ants

Post: # 52501Post UnrealSparks
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:10 am

Yesterday I tried to feed my two Messor Barbarus colonies with some crushed dry dog food and they absolutely loved it! I just gave them a little amount though just for testing. Should I keep feeding them from time to time with it as a supplement or could it mold easily?
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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Re: Feeding dry dog food to ants

Post: # 55196Post DontSquishTheAnt
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:35 am

I would feed one colony dog food, the other insects, and keep everything else the same between the colonies. Thus, you could set up a controlled experiment and see what happens. You do have to remember that ants mainly look for body fluids in their food, so I would suggest feeding them wet dog food, not dry.
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Re: Feeding dry dog food to ants

Post: # 55215Post UnrealSparks
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:48 am

Good idea! I'll test it in spring since they're now resting in my garage.

Thanks for the tips! :)
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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Re: Feeding dry dog food to ants

Post: # 55221Post antnest8
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:35 am

I Tried dry food already on my camponotus they don't accept it (they treat it the same a dirt.)
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Re: Feeding dry dog food to ants

Post: # 55222Post UnrealSparks
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:46 am

Thanks for the information.
I'll check whether or not my Camponotus Barbaricus will like it in spring too.
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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Re: Feeding dry dog food to ants

Post: # 55223Post Zayltek
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:04 am

My camponotus enjoyed dry catfood until about 15 workers, then they lumped it with their trash.

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