Can fire ants bite chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bstruss, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Bstruss

    Bstruss Just Hatched

    Mar 13, 2017
    In N Fl our property is full of those nasty fire ants that leave red welps on you. I have started letting my young hens free range and saw one of them stand right in a bed. She imnediatelt started lifting and pecking at her feet. So my question is whether these ants can penetrate the skin on their feet and/or get under theur fearhers and bite. It would be impossible to control the ants anywhere but right around the coop.
  2. chickenweirdo1

    chickenweirdo1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2016
    My Coop
    Unfortunately, yes fire ants are actually capable of killing a chicken. They can get under the feathers and penetrate the skin and really irritate a chicken.

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