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post #31 of 34

I have had Reds & Barred Rocks....and none of them have ever eaten ants. I was a little surprised by that myself, but raising chickens have so many other advantages.

I often joke about getting an anteater :P   I have heard guineas eat a lot more than chickens do....anyone out there know of guineas eating ants?

post #32 of 34

If you have fire ants, like I suspect that McBrown does then be advised that the nest may extend downward to the water table.  The 'Hill' or tunnels may also extend outward 100 feet or more in every direction, meaning that one fire ant hill may control an acre or more worth of ground.  

 

However, by either mowing or monkeying with the 'hill' in some other way, it is likely that you can 'encourage' the fire ants to change the location of their hill by up to 20 feet.  

 

But keep in mind that they will only move the 'hill's' location to whichever location that the ants find the most advantageous, not to where you may want it.

 

The upstart of all this is that unless you buy you chickens from the Caterpillar bull dozier company or else from the Link Belt mining machinery company, chickens are not an end all or do all for exterminating ant colonies.  

 

However if and when a newly bred queen fire ant lights on your lawn, your hens may just gobble that queen up before she has the chance to begin a new colony.

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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post #33 of 34
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Thanks for all the replies! I will cross my fingers and hope they will acquire a taste for them!

Mine love ants ..... but there's no guarantee w/chickens: mine loved nightcrawlers  when they were little ..... but won't touch them now, even if you hand feed them: they's see I have something, jump up and grab it, and discover they've grabbed a worm ...... drop it and walk away.

 

I can pick dandelion leaves, and hand feed them to a crowd ...... but they'll ignore the same dandelions growing out of the ground, unless there is nothing else to eat ....


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"Where there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice." - G.K. Chesterton

 

 "What we achieve too easily, we esteem too lightly." - Thomas Burke

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Mine love ants ..... but there's no guarantee w/chickens: mine loved nightcrawlers  when they were little ..... but won't touch them now, even if you hand feed them: they's see I have something, jump up and grab it, and discover they've grabbed a worm ...... drop it and walk away.

I can pick dandelion leaves, and hand feed them to a crowd ...... but they'll ignore the same dandelions growing out of the ground, unless there is nothing else to eat ....
My Rhode Island Red too hates mealies but years into fire ant mounds like he is on a mission.
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