Are ants ok for chickens?


In the Brooder
Aug 18, 2015
darwin, Northern Territory
Heyo, I have got my chicken gangsters free ranging and there is a huge ant (green ant Australia) nest and they are obsessed with eating them up, and I know for a fact that chickens do not have teeth so are they okay with those live ants in them?? They have access to grit, which I throw generously over their coop yard. Thanks!


Free Ranging
12 Years
Oct 16, 2010
Unless your green ants down under are poisonous there is no downside to the birds eating them. Mine go nuts when I turn over a rock to expose a nest. They really like the eggs.

Grit doesn't need to be supplied generously. If the birds have the proper size stone it stays in the gizzard for a very long time. Smaller stone pass quickly but a few the proper size will last and last. Mine forage for their own stone, I don't supply any until the ground freezes and then it's a handful or two every two weeks for about 10 birds. I get that from the driveway into small pail pre ice over.
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