fire ants

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  1. BantamBonzo

    BantamBonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went to check my hens after last nights storm and I think there is a fire ant nest under their brood house. How do I get rid of it without hurting my hens or their eggs?
     
  2. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pour gasoline on them, it works every time. Plus, it's a liquid so it will soak into the ground, bringing no harm to your birds.
     
  3. azygous

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    Oh, for heaven's sake, please do not pour gasoline on the soil anywhere! It's not only very dangerous and extremely polluting, but the benzene in gas will contaminate the soil and act as a neurotoxin should any chicken gobble any of that soil as they select grit for their gizzard. It will kill chickens.

    If you need to get rid of fire ants, use an approved treatment that is safe to use around chickens such as permethrin dust or Elector PSP.
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, the pollution thing is bogus, gas comes from the ground, and yes, I agree on the gizzard grit part, I totally side stepped it. All you have to do is lock the birds out for a day, then hose the gas down once it's done it's job.
     
  5. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It takes a lot of gas to pollut anything, one cup of it isn't going to hurt the "environment."
     
  6. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ask my dad, he's a certified merchant marine.
     
  7. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    All it takes is one benzene contaminated pebble to kill a chicken that swallows it. Want to take that chance?
     
  8. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Before moving to WY this spring, we lived in FL where fire ants are a real problem. I was fortunate enough to not have them right under the coop but did have them in the yard. DH used to boil a huge pot of soapy Dawn water and pour it directly on the mound.

    Not sure if that's the "approved" method but it seemed to work for us.
     
  9. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's why I said to lock the birds out, let the gas do its thing, then, hose it down with water to delude it.
     
  10. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that worked
     

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