Hibernating and feeding Issues.

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Mickle09
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Hibernating and feeding Issues.

Post: # 52816Post Mickle09
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:17 pm

Hello everyone!

I'm having some issues. I have a black carpenter ant colony about 60 workers in like 4-6 months (should have marked when I collected the queen :( ) They wont accept the same food twice in a row and I'm running out of options :?. Also I'm wondering if I should hibernate them. I live in tx, I dont know if that counts as "tropical" or not. They are in my room and it stays warm as I have a lot of reptiles (their heat lamps warm the room). If I do need to hibernate them would the garage be a good place for them?

Thanks! :D

-Mick

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idahoantgirl
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Re: Hibernating and feeding Issues.

Post: # 52817Post idahoantgirl
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:26 pm

they could just be slowing down and not needing as much food. what have you tried?
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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Mickle09
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Re: Hibernating and feeding Issues.

Post: # 52818Post Mickle09
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:39 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:26 pm
they could just be slowing down and not needing as much food. what have you tried?
I just wrote a whole reply and it just disappeared..


I feed:
Superworms
Crickets
Wild Caught:
Grubs
Rarley Army worms
Moths in the summer
Roaches
They won't eat earthworms.

I also give organic honey. Should I hibernate them?
They will eat they just dont if its something they've recently had. I wont always be able to get grubs moths and roaches Plus I'm kinda against wild caught cause of pesticides. Especially with Moths and roaches that visit other houses
(The roaches I get are small about 2 in. And fly)

Thanks for the reply! :D

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Hibernating and feeding Issues.

Post: # 52820Post ClashOwenBash
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:01 am

I would personally hibernate them as when they come out they'll probably except the food as well as it'll give the queen a rest allowing her to prepare for another year of laying.
Ant-keeper going into his 4th year of loving ants!

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