Can fire ants bite chickens?

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

  1. Bstruss

    Bstruss Just Hatched

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    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

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    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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