Ants in the run

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lewlew, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. lewlew

    lewlew Chirping

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    Good Morning. I am almost finished with my coop and I will be building the run this week. I notice however, on the ground were my run will be, were holes in the ground, about the size of a pencil eraser. And there were ants going in and out of the holes. These aren't fire ants, at least I don't believe they are. Most fire ant mounds I've seen have raised up dirt around the mound. These are flush to the ground. My question is should I try to dig these out and kill them before letting my chickens in the run, or just let the chickens dig them up and eat them? I don't want to put any chemicals down (obviously) but I could try pouring boiling water on the ground were the holes are, or try shoveling them up. What do you all think?
     
  2. RoseHaven

    RoseHaven Chirping

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    My chicks love chasing the ants in their run.
     
  3. TominWa

    TominWa Songster

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    Sometimes I think my chickens don't eat all their cantaloupe rinds and leave them as ant bait for the morning.......tricky chickens!
     
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