1. carolinewatts4

    carolinewatts4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a really bad ant problem within the coop, what is a safe way to get rid of the ants and keep my flock healthy?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Spray poultry protector on the area is what I would do (in your coop). You will likely have to repeat it several times.
     
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  3. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want things chemical-free, DE will get 'em!
     
  4. carolinewatts4

    carolinewatts4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Where do I find poultry protector?
     
  5. stormrider1

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    Sorry newbie here, first batch in incubator. But chickens dont eat ants? I was thinking they would help with the ant problem in my yard.
     
  6. sfh11

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    They may eat some, but not enough to make a difference in the ant population.
     
  7. chynasparks

    chynasparks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens eat ants when they feel like it but they don't control them. I've been dealing with lines of ants in the coop. I have it under control now but I keep checking.
     
  8. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have Total Mite Kill in the US? The active ingredient in that is permethrin....exactly what ant powder is made from but in a handy spray that also kills the dreaded red mite.

    If you are talking about the ants being in the outdoor area of your coop rather than in the house, if you dig their nest over a few times and/or pour boiling water on it, they will move on of their own accord to a 'safer' place.

    Incidentally, why are the ants a problem? They don't harm your birds or make any significant dent on food. Is it just because you find them unpleasant? Or are they nastier ants than we get here in Blighty?
     
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  9. carolinewatts4

    carolinewatts4 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are really unpleasant and there isn't a place in the coop where you can't find them. It looks like the floor is moving there are so many. Wouldn't they be uncomfortable with that many ants?
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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