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Brood bosting

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#1 Offline AntTitan - Posted April 9 2021 - 3:44 PM

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What are all of your guy's opinions on brood boosting small colonies? Also can you brood boost a small colony with brood from a different colony of a different species even if you queen is not parasitic?

 

The colony i'm thinking of brood boosting is a small Crematogaster colony with a queen, four workers and some brood in a test tube setup. I caught her late last year and almost all her workers died (probably 4-5 in total) during hibernation, now with the new year she is getting back on her feet and is doing ok, like mentioned above she now has 4 workers and some brood, but i'm wondering if I should brood boost to take some of her stress away and to help the colony grow and get put in a formicarium. Thoughts?



#2 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 9 2021 - 5:15 PM

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There is no need to brood boost her. They know how much brood they can care for and they will cull workers/alates/brood as needed. Crematogaster grow really fast anyway.

#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 9 2021 - 5:51 PM

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Yes, I’ve never felt the need to brood boost Crematogaster. Provide optimum temperatures and lots of protein, and they should grow like our national debt.
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#4 Offline AntTitan - Posted April 10 2021 - 6:53 AM

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ok, good to know, thank you guys.



#5 Offline Canadant - Posted April 14 2021 - 5:10 AM

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I brood boosted my crematogaster colony. I had no issues.
"You don't get what you want. You get what you deserve".





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