Ants!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by imemine, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. imemine

    imemine New Egg

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    Hey everyone, I am a newbie at backyard chickens. For my birthday yesterday my hubby built me a little coop and got me two 16 week Partridge Orpingtons. I'm in love already!! Their names are Virginia & Esther[​IMG][​IMG]My question for today is " are ants a big problem for my chickens?" I live in Southern California and it's still really hot here. The ants want the water. Thanks!! Super excited to be on here!
     
  2. jjrj254

    jjrj254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ants could pose a threat to your chickens if there is a lot of them, what I do to get rid of ants is use garden lime. I spread it around the coop and around the feeder and waterer.
     
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  3. imemine

    imemine New Egg

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    Okay, thank you!!!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hope that works for you. [​IMG]
     
  5. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For me they were they would come and eat the chickens food and there where lots of them.
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    I'm in Georgia and we have excess numbers of ants to deal with here. Have never had problem with them coming after the water - but use a hanging fount. And no problems with them getting in a hanging feeder. I store the feed in my house, outside could be an issue. But they come after spilled/scratched out feed and Melon or fruit treats left on the ground. Odd that during the summer drought never saw many in the run, but after heavy rains, the ants forage in. The biggest mistake this year was adding planters right nest to the run, ants built their homes under those and had to move them away from the area.

    @jjrj254 suggested garden lime around the area, I haven't tried that, but something to investigate :)
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. Tika75

    Tika75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the garden lime safe to use where the chickens or other animals could get into it?
     
  10. jjrj254

    jjrj254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I spread it around the coop and run
     

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