Good ant protein?

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KdenKden
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Good ant protein?

Post: # 49801Post KdenKden
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:47 pm

I was wondering what would be a good source of protein for new starting colonies? lets say around 5-8 workers.

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Good ant protein?

Post: # 49806Post TheRealAntMan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:19 pm

Soft-bodied Drosophila flies would be easy for a young colony.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

KdenKden
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Re: Good ant protein?

Post: # 49813Post KdenKden
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:30 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:19 pm
Soft-bodied Drosophila flies would be easy for a young colony.
Do I give it to them Alive or dead. Also I tried springtails and I noticed my pheidole would actually hunt them down and consume em. However some springtails would linger around and disturb the queen which stresses her out.

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Re: Good ant protein?

Post: # 49834Post TheRealAntMan
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:35 pm

Best to feed them pre-killed since they are capable of jumping like a springtail (nowhere near as graceful as a springtail though).
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Re: Good ant protein?

Post: # 50003Post Gincar
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:01 am

I give mine a mix of food, including high-protein cat food without dyes or additives. Sometimes I throw in fruit and greens. They also have gel water crystals at all times.

I think it takes them a month or two to grow up. Usually I think 6 months is recommended before you start feeding out of the colony.
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Re: Good ant protein?

Post: # 50028Post idahoantgirl
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:57 am

You start feeding the colony as soon as the first worker arrives via the drinking straw method. Only move them into a nest when they have 20-50 workers.
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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