Ant Treatment That Is Safe to Use Around Chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by citychickinthecountry, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. citychickinthecountry

    citychickinthecountry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a water supply (water pipe) right outside of my coop that fire ants have taken a liking to. I'm worried about the ants biting me, my kids, or the chickens. The ants are about 5 feet from the coop door and right in the area where the chickens love to start pecking the ground and lay to sun or take their dust baths when I let them out to roam the yard. This is not an area that I can really fence or keep the chickens away from easily. [​IMG]

    Does anyone know of some chicken-safe ant treatment that I can use? I don't want to use granules because I'm worried the chickens will eat it.
     
  2. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    I use orange oil. I've also used Amdro, but covered it with a bucket or something so that the birds can't get to it.

    Good luck, I hate fire ants!
     
  3. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just go buy a big box of instant grits and place it in the nests and along the floors its a 100% fool proof for any ants they will eat the grit swell up and go boom. and is safe for chickens.
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Dish soap and water or an anteater
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  5. Ed62

    Ed62 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't tried it, but I think DE will also work. Just get the "food grade".

    Ed
     

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