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Ants....:(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Knight Hawk Ranch, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

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    My coop nest boxes have a wire bottom and I use hay for the nests. Each weekend I take old hay out, clean the coop and replace with new hay.

    I have noticed that toward the end of the week that the ants are attracted to the chicken poo in the nesting area.

    Is there anything I can use in my coop to keep the ants out?
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing 11 Years

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    I would de-poop more often, at least till the ants have found another hobby.

    (Cinnamon, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper are said to be good natural ant repellents but I would first make sure these substances would not present any problems for chickens - probably easiest to de-poop more)

    JJ
     
  3. Whistling Badger

    Whistling Badger Songster

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    Wow, I would have thought the chickens themselves would take care of any ant problems for you.

    Tom
     
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    Not sure if food-grade DE works on hard bodied bugs..... but it's worth looking into. Just make sure it's food grade or it can hurt your chickens.
     

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