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Old 05/09/09, 07:08 AM
 
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chickens and ants!

We keep about three hens for eggs. We have a smaller portable chicken coop we move around the yard every few days. Things have been really wet with all the rain and I noticed ants crawling all over the back of the coop. What can I use to kill the ants that won't harm my chickens? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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More chickens.

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More chickens.
That would be my recommendation too. The chickens will take care of the ants.
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You need to know what kind of ants. Fire ants are killed w/compost tea-about a gallon, mixed w/2 oz of liq molasses & 2 oz of orange oil. Add a squirt of lemon dish soap. DE will also do it. If they are regualr ants, the DE will do it or a squirt of orange oil, diluted stronger than what you'd use for cleaning.

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Thanks Grama, they are not fire ants. I'll try the DE, but at the risk of sounding like an idiot.....what's DE?

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DE is used for a number of things and can be food grade or of a lower grade. The lower grade is often used with swimming pool filters in order to make them smaller particles.
That means it can often be found at Walmart, pool stores, feed stores, or many sales locations.

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my chickens don't think ants are very tasty. maybe they are just spoiled.

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my chickens don't think ants are very tasty. maybe they are just spoiled.
Maybe they just don't like cold food and prefer their food hot,have they tried the fireants.
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Mine will never eat ants either .

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My chickens won't eat ants, but they will eat stinkbugs.

DE is good for the ants & it doesn't hurt the chickens any. I've used it in the chicken coop.

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Stinkbugs, gross!!

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Old 05/11/09, 01:12 PM
 
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I have an article that talks about chickens eating ants and DE: http://www.richsoil.com/antsandaphids/

I think the reason some chickens don't eat ants is because their mama never taught them to. It's because the chicks came from an incubator. But - this is just my wild theory.

I endorse both the chicken food idea and the DE idea.

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