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 Post subject: Chestnuts!!!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:22 pm 
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So I stayed the night with Julien Hendrickx, owner of Origin Ants in Belgium. I was fascinated by some of his techniques. One I was interested in was that when winter is coming, he collected several sacks of Chestnuts and feeds them, cut in half, throughout the winter. They stay fresh inside the shell and can be stored for months. The ants seemed to love them. Could be a new staple diet for our ants!!


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 Post subject: Re: Chestnuts!!!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:38 am 
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A French keeper spoke to me about chestnuts a few weeks back, apparently Atta and Acromyrmex love them, but I have yet to try them.

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 Post subject: Re: Chestnuts!!!
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To be honest, I tried them at one of the shows I attended, the ants didnt touch them but they were cold and had recently been moved. So not a reliable test. Will have another go. I can see hoards of Leaf Cutting Ant keepers scouring the country in future, filling sacks with chestnuts for their winter stores, just like the squirrels do!


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 Post subject: Re: Chestnuts!!!
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Lol I be one of them Andrew


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