Ants in Brooder

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lswatson111304, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. lswatson111304

    lswatson111304 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2009
    Milano, TX
    Hi, I'm new around here. I've been around a while, but just now starting back up with chicks. I have a brooder on my front porch. They chicks are doing great, but now after a week, I came home to ants all over the place. Big huge ants, not fire ants. They are eating the food. They don't seem to be bothering the chicks, but I'm scared they will. Also the kids and I cant just go outside and sit and watch the chicks with ants all over the place.
    I'm wondering what is best to keep them away? I have some Viper Dust that DH bought a long time ago for our old chicks that had fleas around their eyes. It worked, but I'm not sure if it is ok to use around these babies, these are only about 2 weeks old. I also have some DE, but i sprinkled that in the shavings yesterday after clearing out the first ant invasion and they are back today.
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I've used DE to get rid of ants.
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Toothpaste around the outside of the brooder will keep them out, but it's messy.

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