When Do I feed Queen Ant

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BKblazeking
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When Do I feed Queen Ant

Post: # 38973Post BKblazeking
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:53 pm

Hello I am BKBlazeking! I have just caught a queen ant yesterday and I am wondering when I should feed the queen. She does not have any eggs nor workers.

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Re: When Do I feed Queen Ant

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Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:49 pm

One sugar meal before sealing her up in the test tube (if she is "fully" claustral). Put it on the cotton or on a tray so that it doesn't make a mess.
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Re: When Do I feed Queen Ant

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Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:05 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:49 pm
One sugar meal before sealing her up in the test tube (if she is "fully" claustral). Put it on the cotton or on a tray so that it doesn't make a mess.
Agreed! Honey is generally best because it does not mold so you do not need to clean it up, and the queen can eat more later if she gets hungry.

I have started putting a small bit of protein in with new queens as well, so far it has seemed to work well. But you do have to clean it up after a few days which does disturb her.
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