Do chickens eat ants?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cheep, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems to me that ants are disappearing soon after I first notice them, out in my yard. I am attributing this wonderful development to my 6 hens. Am I justified in this assumption?
     
  2. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine seem to avoid ants.
     
  3. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine like to eat ant larvae, but as far as the adult ants, not really. That's just mine though- yours may be different. I've heard guineas love them, one person told me his guineas will tear up a fire ant mound to get to them. I am now considering getting a couple of guineas!
     
  4. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed that ours will eat them, too.
     
  5. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My adults don't pay em any attention. My babies go after em but that's all.
     
  6. GrandmaAnn

    GrandmaAnn Out Of The Brooder

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    Ours eat them. Maybe it is the type of ant?
     
  7. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine do eat ants but they are the typical little brown ant variety.
     
  8. Chickensaremylife

    Chickensaremylife Out Of The Brooder

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    When DH cuts our firewood, the hens always come and gobble up every last ant that falls out. Now they've learned to follow him to the woodpile. [​IMG]
     
  9. Q9

    Q9 General Headache

    When I found an anthill in the backyard, I moved our birds' coop so that the run was over it. I am pleased to report that there are no more ants in the backyard!

    It was funny, they just stood there shooting their little heads downward like living harpoons. [​IMG]
     
  10. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for all the replies [​IMG]
     

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