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will chickens eat ants?

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I've finally finished my coop and am about the start the run and I just noticed that there is a pretty good sized ant hill in the run area.  Does anyone know if the chickens will just dig this up and eat the occupants, or should I dig it up and try to get rid of the things before I move the chickens in?  These are mediaum sized black ants.  I'm in upstate NY and I don't think we have any ants around here that are really aggressive or, gulp, carniverous.  Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 28

My girls devour ants.  When I am splitting wood they hand out waiting for me to bust one that is full of black ants.  I pitch it to them and they inhale them.

Are these ants fire ants?  I would not want to put them in a coop with a fire ant mound in it.  I am not sure what would happen.

Darin

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Two boys, One wife,  1 cat named Johnny Cash and 1 cat named Pepper Sprout, Black Lab named Polly and a Yellwo Lab named Connor.  16 Cornish X at the moment.

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post #3 of 28

My chickens love ants. They free range and when the find a ant hill they will eat almost all the ants.

I ain't sure about fire ants, but most animals know what to eat and what not to eat.

post #4 of 28
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No, I'm pretty sure they aren't fire ants - I don't think we have those around here.  They look kind of like small carpenter ants - but they are nesting in the ground and not in dead wood so they probably aren't carpenters.

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post #5 of 28

My SO isn't that fond of chickens.  When he saw my chicks destroy a fire ant hill and devour the ants, he started liking them just a little bit more.  wink

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #6 of 28

Ants were the first bugs my chickies caught.  Daisy was an especially avid exterminator.  I was sooo proud.smile

post #7 of 28

Mine don't sad

Andrea
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post #8 of 28

Our baby chicks are natural ant harvesters!  They love to run around after them..... organic ant control big_smile

post #9 of 28

Some will and some won't, just depends on the chicken.  There used to be an ant hill in the run of my coop, but now there are just hollows where the chickens have been dust bathing.  lol

I think the ants gave up and moved, personally.

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post #10 of 28

My chicks are ant killing machines! They hate to see an ant on the other side of their run!

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