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RespectforAnts
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Ant feeding

Post: # 98228Post RespectforAnts
Thu Mar 16, 2023 7:42 am

Where I live it is early spring and no bugs are out yet, however my ants are out of hibernation and need protein. I have tried a sunflower seed and my tetramorium liked it but my 3 camponotus colonies didn´t care at all. So I am wondering what protein source to give to my ants because I do not have feeder insects or protein jelly of any kind. :?
C. Novaeboracensis (my favorite ant
C. Pennsylvannicus x2
Tetramorium Immigrans x2

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Antloverhuman
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Re: Ant feeding

Post: # 98229Post Antloverhuman
Thu Mar 16, 2023 8:26 am

I give mine boiled eggs (you can experiment with both types and see which one they like. Mine like hard boiled). Sometimes i give them cooked chicken and i am indian so i have to give them the piece with no spices but i think boiled meat could work
Ants I have-
camponotus compressus colony- the shadow warriors.
Pls just let me have a tetramorium colony

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Re: Ant feeding

Post: # 98232Post antperson24
Thu Mar 16, 2023 9:21 am

RespectforAnts wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2023 7:42 am
Where I live it is early spring and no bugs are out yet, however my ants are out of hibernation and need protein. I have tried a sunflower seed and my tetramorium liked it but my 3 camponotus colonies didn´t care at all. So I am wondering what protein source to give to my ants because I do not have feeder insects or protein jelly of any kind. :?
My ants are out of hibernation, and I have been having a bit of trouble getting my Camponotus colony to eat too. Like Antloverhuman said, cooked chickens works pretty well. On a warmer day, you could try looking under rocks, and you might find some insects.
Why keep ants that aren't found in your yard?
There are so many fascinating ants right where you live!
I disagree with the keeping/buying of ants that aren't in your area.

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RespectforAnts
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Re: Ant feeding

Post: # 98235Post RespectforAnts
Thu Mar 16, 2023 5:23 pm

I found a random moth on my window, I guess its my lucky day. I split it up and now the colonies especially the C. novaeboracensis are ripping into the carcass pieces. :D
C. Novaeboracensis (my favorite ant
C. Pennsylvannicus x2
Tetramorium Immigrans x2

RespectforAnts
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Re: Ant feeding

Post: # 98236Post RespectforAnts
Thu Mar 16, 2023 5:27 pm

I was just wondering if they were able to eat stuff like peanut butter.
C. Novaeboracensis (my favorite ant
C. Pennsylvannicus x2
Tetramorium Immigrans x2

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antperson24
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Re: Ant feeding

Post: # 98247Post antperson24
Fri Mar 17, 2023 8:53 am

RespectforAnts wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2023 5:23 pm
I found a random moth on my window, I guess its my lucky day. I split it up and now the colonies especially the C. novaeboracensis are ripping into the carcass pieces. :D
That's great! I have never tried peanut butter, but it would not hurt to try.
Why keep ants that aren't found in your yard?
There are so many fascinating ants right where you live!
I disagree with the keeping/buying of ants that aren't in your area.

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Re: Ant feeding

Post: # 98283Post RespectforAnts
Mon Mar 20, 2023 1:37 pm

I suppose
C. Novaeboracensis (my favorite ant
C. Pennsylvannicus x2
Tetramorium Immigrans x2

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