Ant nest in the chickens nest

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by geeber, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. geeber

    geeber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens are two months old. I have them out in their coop w/ hay in the nest boxes.
    Yesterday we were cleaning the coop & I took the old hay out of the nest box. There was an ant colony in there.
    Is this why the chickens do not sleep in their coop?
    How do I get rid of the colony safely?
    Can I use DE?
    And why wont the girls eat the d*mn ants?!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    I wouldnt live/sleep in there neither if there were ants crawling around 24/7, especially if they were fire ants. I think most ants can spray or give off an acid as a defense (not to mention their pinchers being painful), I'm not sure but I think it's folic acid to deter predators. Your chickens wont eat them for that reason,also ants can carry tapeworms. You should get rid of the ants...all of them. I recommend using sevin dust to control your ant problem. It'll also protect your chickens/nests from lice and mites.
     
  3. geeber

    geeber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are those little sugar ants. Is sevin dust safe to use around the chickens? I dont want to use anything that would harm them?
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yes, sevin is very safe around the birds (read the label); it's only issue is that it seems to be losing effectiveness. Better to rotate pesticides.
     

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