Moving queens/eggs

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kimberlyad
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Moving queens/eggs

Post: # 70068Post kimberlyad
Mon May 18, 2020 1:51 pm

I just got my AC Starter Kit and are trying to move my queens/eggs from my current test tubes into my new AC test tubes and the queens refuse to relocate. I tried shining a small flashlight on them and wrapping the new test tube to make it dark but the queens will still not move. Any suggestions of what I can do to make them relocate? Is light better or is heat better? It was suggested to use a stronger lightbulb on them but I am afraid a stronger bulb will create condensation or fry the ants. Very frustrated at this point and hoping for guidance from ant keepers with more experience then I. Thanks, Braden

AntChuck
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Re: Moving queens/eggs

Post: # 70116Post AntChuck
Tue May 19, 2020 5:49 pm

If the queens do not have brood or only a small a few the quickest would be to just force her into new set up although retrieving any eggs is tedious if not impossible. I bought a cheap lamp with adjustable head and incandescent bulb to help in my moves but you have to be extra vigilant using this process and it may take hours.
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1 x Aphaenogaster Fulva
1 x Tetramorium Immigrans
1 x Prenolepsis Imparis

kimberlyad
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Re: Moving queens/eggs

Post: # 70122Post kimberlyad
Tue May 19, 2020 7:59 pm

Thank you AntChuck,
We took your advice. It took all day to move all five queens but our patience paid off finally.

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