moving my colony

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Typmachien
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moving my colony

Post: # 48466Post Typmachien
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:58 pm

So my colony has reached a size of about 10-15 workers and i orderd a small "arena" with an inside and outside area is it okay if i already move my ants into them because it's getting hard to feed them cuz everytime i try to feed them there will be at least one ant trying to escape. is it fine if i move them in already or do i wait untill they reach a bigger size of about 30 workers?

AntsDakota
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Re: moving my colony

Post: # 48549Post AntsDakota
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:08 pm

Typmachien wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:58 pm
So my colony has reached a size of about 10-15 workers and i orderd a small "arena" with an inside and outside area is it okay if i already move my ants into them because it's getting hard to feed them cuz everytime i try to feed them there will be at least one ant trying to escape. is it fine if i move them in already or do i wait untill they reach a bigger size of about 30 workers?
I've heard 20 workers is ok to move, but since they seem a little crowded in their test tube you can move them.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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idahoantgirl
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Re: moving my colony

Post: # 48567Post idahoantgirl
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:50 pm

It depends on the size of the nest you want to move them into, the type of nest, and the species. If I were you I would leave them in the tube. Use a one inch section of drinking straw wedged between the exit cotton and the side of the tube. This acts as a tunnel for them. Then place them in an outworld (a tupperware container with a barrier works fine) and ;et them forage for food. Feeding in the tube causes stress and mold outbreaks.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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