Hi everyone, I'm new here and new to the hobby. I bought and acrylic nest and a lasius queen with a few workers a few weeks ago and it's a lot of fun.
When my orders came in it was also my lucky week, a little less than two weeks ago when walking home I encountered two queens and was able to bring them home and place them in a test tube setup.
It's late in the season and to my surprise they both started laying eggs already! While I'm a happy me, my question is:
1: When hibernation comes around can I hibernate them normally with my colony? (there probably won't be any workers since all the brood is new.)
2: When they come out of hibernation do I need to take special care? (since it is a prolonged time for the queen to be without workers and food, do I feed the queen directly?)
3: My fridge goes to 8celcius as highest temp setting, is this too cold or fine for lasius nigers?
(P.S. I plan to use the winter to build my own cement/plaster formicarium for these new queens and move them over when they start to produce more workers, having different types of nests just seems interesting to me. If you have any tips or special things I should know about feel free to add to the topic )