do chick/chicken eat ants

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chick_magnet, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. chick_magnet

    chick_magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have seen some ants in my yard and my chicks dont seem to mind it. they dont eat it i thought chickens eat everything
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Yes they are very delicious, and high in protein.
     
  3. bigchicken2

    bigchicken2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they do eat ants!
     
  4. Oven Ready

    Oven Ready Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a multitude of different species of ants, about 17.

    The chickens eat some and won't eat others, there's even ants here that the chickens are scared of !!!

    I guess if yours aren't eating the ants it's because your ants are not the tasty ants.
     
  5. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Some ants will secrete a substance that is nasty tasting and the chickens will quickly learn to avoid them. It strikes me that fire ants here in the Southern United States could potentially kill a chicken.
     
  6. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine seemed to learn pretty quick which ants to eat and which ants to run from - fire ants = RUN! If one comes up on some while roaming the yard they all have a fit and run for the coop! If they are tasty ants they have a fit and all run for the ant pile! It took a while and learning the hard way myself (read: walking straight up onto an ant bed one day to investigate the chicken drama) but that's what it seems to be here. Maybe your ants are 'bad ants' ?
     

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