[Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

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[Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34470Post Firecatto21
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:12 am

I have an ant queen in a test tube connected to an AC test tube portal. Last autumn she didn't get any eggs to grow because she was being disturbed so I guess that she is hungry now (lasius niger queen). In the test tube portal I placed honey, that she is unfortunatly not interested in. I heard honey never expires but should I remove the honey be cause it may cause mold or worse?
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Re: [Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34475Post antnest8
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:49 pm

first of all this is a double post

i would say yes ant queens think the test tube is their claustral chamber and don't want to leave it. i would put the hunny directly in her tube to feed her if you must but yes i would take the honey out
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Re: [Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34477Post Will230145
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:24 pm

Your queen is fully claustral, she does not need food until her first workers, she should have hibernated before laying her first eggs, as I am guessing you caught her late fall.
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Re: [Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34485Post Firecatto21
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:02 am

I caught her during last summer. She started laying egg but would eat them. She then hibernated and now it about time she stops
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Re: [Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34501Post CherrieEvolved
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:41 pm

Feed her, atleast honey. Found that if the queen is full they are less likely to eat their eggs. They are generally pretty hungry when they wake up from hibernation, and will eat a ton of honey.
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Re: [Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34505Post Firecatto21
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:48 am

Ok
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Re: [Help fast] Should I remove honey from my ant queen if she is not eating it?

Post: # 34598Post CherrieEvolved
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:29 am

As far as removing it? Honey generally takes a very long time to spoil, so you can leave it in there so the queen can munch on it when she feels like it. Plus trying to clean honey out tends to make a mess, hard to get it all the way out. I would wait until you see mold on the honey to remove it, generally wont mold for a month or so (depending on the type of honey)
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