I found an ant queen under a pile of compost in the garden. I've taken her, some of her colony, and a few larve/eggs and I put them in a mason jar. They've lived on my desk for about a week. The larve are all gone now, I suspect they've matured. And I just found where they hid the queen and it looks like she's starting to lay again. Now what?
I want to move them to a farm. I have one, but it's small. Traditional Uncle Milton
. Any opinons on gel vs. sand? I think I need a bigger one.
The ants are small but I haven't figured out their species. Very tiny, but not like crazy ants. Maybe two millimeters. I've been feeding them sugar and water. Water with mist and a sponge.
The jar is topped with a paper towel held in place with a mason jar ring.
So what kind of ant farm? How big? Medium?
How do I feed them? Sugar okay forever?
Anything I should know about diseases they might get?
Do I clean it?
Most ant farms don't come with queens. Therefore they are usually a deathwatch, not a colony. Previously. What are your best tips on keeping a colony healthy and happy, short of giving them their freedom, of course.