can my chicks eat carpenter ants

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by soin4ds, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. soin4ds

    soin4ds New Egg

    Feb 4, 2017
    I have six chicks they are about a week old and they are doing just fine. While I was outside splitting wood this morning I found a nest of carpenter ants some dead some alive probably about a 1/4 cup. I scooped them up and brought them inside. I was wondering if I could give them to my chicks. They are currently on a medicated starter feed with water and a probiotic water supplement. I know some ants can be toxic. I think my chicks might like the "treat" but I don't want to hurt them by accident.
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  2. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    Carpenter ants are probably ok but it's possible the chicks might not be interested in them at all. I would definitely not give them any ants if you suspect they've been sprayed with pesticide (since you mentioned some are dead, I'm wondering what they died from).
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  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Ants won't hurt them, but they may find them bitter tasting due to the formic acid in them. My chickens turn up their beaks over ants unless I find a nest under a rock with sweet tasting eggs, then they're all over them.
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  4. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 25, 2011
    Nor cal
    I'm pretty sure chickens can eat ants..
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  5. [​IMG] I was just thinking I don't remember ever seeing a chicken eat ants .
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  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    Mine do eat them but don't seem enthusiastic about them. Other bugs seem far more liked by chickens.
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  7. twilightgecko

    twilightgecko Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2016
    Upstate N.Y.
    my girls leave all ants alone.. but i do have a problem with black ants in the coop.. i sprinkle cinnamon in the corners when i clean it..
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  8. I now have fire ants on the farm :barnie I have a way to kill them with chemicals. Not crazy about it but it works . I have talked to a lot of people about ants lately . The one I want to try that he swears by is boric acid and honey says it will kill all kinds of ants . 50/50 mix and it doesn't take much . Kill the queen kill the colony.
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  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I have used the Borax boiled with sugar water on carpenter ants, and it works very well.

    As for birds eating ants in the yard, I find that they show little interest until I open up the nest with a spade. The girls tell me that the eggs, larvae, and pupae are much tastier than the plain old ants. And if the nest is in the process of a Queen hatch, the girls love those Queens also. Unfortunately, hubby is not so fond of my insect control efforts when he comes home from work to find his beautiful back lawn (which he takes pride in) looking like the aftermath of a mine field detonation.
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