Queen Feeding

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AngeredFlame850
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Queen Feeding

Post: # 34333Post AngeredFlame850
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:23 pm

I have had my queen ant for almost 8 months now and her previous eggs have all failed to reach pupae stage. I am pretty sure that she is either Formica Fusca or Subsericea (both fully claustral) but I am beginning to think that her "wing energy" is probably gone by now. She has a new batch of eggs now (hopefully they will turn into workers) and I am wondering if I should feed her and what to feed her. Currently I am giving apple slices, which she seems to be eating but I don't know if I should give her some protein too.
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
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antnest8
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34334Post antnest8
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:45 am

considering that the eggs and larvae need protein to grow i would say yes
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34337Post idahoantgirl
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:57 am

give her a small (emphasis) piece of store bought insect a section of mealeworm would do. or a fruit fly
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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CherrieEvolved
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34340Post CherrieEvolved
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:12 am

I am a strong proponent of feeding queens. They are skinny after hibernation as well. She needs honey or something similar for energy. I recent fed all of queen ants that came out of hibernation, just honey. They all ate a few drops. Most of them started laying shortly after, 5 out of the 8. I didnt realize how small their gSter were until after i fed them. They were starving.
After giving yours honey, give her some easy to eat protien. I am a fan of cut up meal wroms, as it is very easy for them to get to the goodies.
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AngeredFlame850
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34361Post AngeredFlame850
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:04 pm

Thx for the help! I couldn't go out and buy any feeder insects so I decided to give her a small piece of chicken(boiled) and she loved it. :lol:
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
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zoolantz
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34440Post zoolantz
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:22 pm

Good to hear that your Queen loves chicken. I’m having the same problem. I wonder what should I feed my queen and four workers for protein. My wife wouldn’t allow me to keep worms in the house.

Is boiled chicken better than beef or pork?

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antnest8
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34447Post antnest8
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:36 am

if the queen has workers experiment by placing different meats out and see what they take to
(when you said worms you meant meal worms right :) )
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Delphie
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Re: Queen Feeding

Post: # 34481Post Delphie
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:33 pm

Some of mine will eat some chicken cat food, and most of them liked the inside of MacDonald's chicken nuggets. :lol:

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