C. pennsylvanicus food suggestions

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MaxGen
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C. pennsylvanicus food suggestions

Post: # 35607Post MaxGen
Thu May 03, 2018 9:54 am

Can anyone recommend any favorite foods for C. pennsylvanicus? I've been feeding mine crickets and mealworms since the colony started last year.

The don't seem to be excited about those food items anymore. I gave them some fresh killed superworms recently and they were super excited about it at first. Now they don't seem to be interested anymore....

I'v tried red grapes and apple, but they didn't touch them.

Suggestions?

Thanks

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antnest8
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Re: C. pennsylvanicus food suggestions

Post: # 35612Post antnest8
Thu May 03, 2018 2:34 pm

they like honey and sugar water and they really like fruit flies
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Mortamir
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Re: C. pennsylvanicus food suggestions

Post: # 35617Post Mortamir
Thu May 03, 2018 5:28 pm

Best thing you can do is feed them a variety of stuff. Sometime I give mine cooked chicken organic cat food, minced meat. Be creative and careful.
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Re: C. pennsylvanicus food suggestions

Post: # 36386Post TheRealAntMan
Sat May 26, 2018 10:19 pm

I feed mine sugar water and fruits like oranges. As for meats, giving them spiders is like giving us nice, juicy steak! They just can't resist it! Just don't feed it to them much though. And boil the spiders that you catch and make sure they aren't too big.Fruit flies and cut up meal worms also work.
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antnest8
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Re: C. pennsylvanicus food suggestions

Post: # 36451Post antnest8
Mon May 28, 2018 6:19 pm

How would you boil a spider without it getting all gooshy
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