Honey Replacements

Posts and questions relating to ant diet & nutrition. Let us know what you’re feeding your ants.

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Boomdale
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Honey Replacements

Post: # 51970Post Boomdale
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:45 am

Hey guys and gals,

Currently I place my drop of honey on a small piece of paper in the outworld. I know honey doesn’t technically go bad for a long time as long as it’s natural so my question is, how often do you guys change out your honey drops? I use a heat lamp to keep my gals all toasty warm so I know this messes with the honey, like making it thicker. I was wondering if there is a specific time table I should look to keep or just every couple days. What do you guys do?
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Whitelotus
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Re: Honey Replacements

Post: # 52051Post Whitelotus
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:43 pm

I tend to leave the honey for my ants in for weeks until it becomes as dry as plaster. I do not really have a set amount of time that use to place new drops of honey in, I just take a long toothpick and get a feel for the honey to see if I should put in a new drop or not.
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Re: Honey Replacements

Post: # 52067Post TheRealAntMan
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:16 pm

It's best to give them a drop you know they can finish in one sitting.
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Re: Honey Replacements

Post: # 52182Post PwnerPie
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:36 pm

I generally just leave them there. Change it out once a month or so. However the ants do like fresh honey ALOT more than hard honey. so the honey drop will prevent them from starving, but once in a while i add a small drop of maple syrup to give them something easy to eat. they enjoy it.
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