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Ants Killed Hen

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by CluckyJay, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my RIR hens was eating ants and then went into convulsions and died. I guess she was stung too many times. I processed her and found ants in her throat. Man am I ticked off. First a stray cat and now ants. I have never lost a bird to ants. How weird. They weren't fire ants either. We haven't sprayed poisons either.
     
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  2. Tina D

    Tina D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I had no idea that could happen!! I'm sorry for your loss...
     
  3. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I knew fire ants could do it but that is usually because they attack in such large numbers. Its new to me, that's for sure. [​IMG]
     
  4. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hope that never happens to any of my birds
     
  5. OHhappychicks

    OHhappychicks Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW! [​IMG] That's terrible!! Sorry for the loss! [​IMG] I have never heard of such a thing! I would believe it if they were fire ants, not that I don't believe it, but man, just common ants. I'm going to keep a watch out for ant hills around here! I wonder if anyone else has had that happen.
     
  6. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After she died I found the ants working their way back up her throat. I think most chickens are okay--she was either a genetically weak hen or just ate too many that stung her. All the other chickens and roos eat ants just fine. Go figure. [​IMG] I tried hard to save her, even gave her CPR, lol.
     
  7. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you give a hen CPR ? [​IMG]
     
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  8. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    ouch! Sorry
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    [​IMG]Looks like I'll need to add ants to my thread on the worst predator.
     
  10. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     

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