We have fire ant nests in our yard and we free range our chickens. I've tried to convince them that they are BACK yard chickens, but they insist that, not only are they FRONT yard chickens, sometimes they are front STEP chickens. :\ Anyway... We have an excellent method for controlling the fire ants; it is a spot treatment recipe that a neighbor gave us. I've lived with fire ants for over 30 years and I've never seen anything work better; HOWEVER, the recipe includes corn meal and... You guessed it... we can't keep the chickens out of it. I've tried laundry baskets, but I couldn't think of anything else that would allow the rain to wash away the poisoned corn meal after the mound was dead. We have gone back to using just the powder poison; the chickens stay out of that. The problem is that without the rest of the recipe, the ants just move around. ANY ideas would be welcomed. Thanks In Advance! EDIT TO ADD: Ive gotten several repies suggesting Amdro. We have been using Ortho and that just causes them to move around; consequently, we end up just chasing them around the yard. Can anyone tell me how the Amdro granules is different from the Ortho pwder?