Fire Ants

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by enola, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Do chickens eat fire ants ?
     
  2. sunshineinsc

    sunshineinsc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope so! [​IMG]
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] fellow southcarolinian
     
  4. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    I dont know about fire ants specifically but i had a real bad ant problem....them big black one and lil red ones and lil black ones...(sorry i dont do bugs) but ever since i got my chickens there have been no problem with them....my local pest control guy called me last spring and wanted to know if i wanted him to come by and check things out before they got to bad...i sais no thanks "I GOT CHICKENS" [​IMG] he said ..well they will eat anything... then he asked me if i will sell the eggs but thats another story
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    There are new "mounds" all over my yard already ! [​IMG]

    I wondered if I built a chicken tractor and put it over a hill, if the chickens would help me out here a little [​IMG]

    Of course, I would stay there and watch in case things get out of hand. Fire ants are mean little varmints [​IMG]
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I wouldn't go that extreme... [​IMG] but if you let them out to range a bit, they'll eventually find the ants and eat them. The ants tend to move further out of your yard after constant attacks.
     
  7. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine eat them all up and even dig up the hills trying to get more. Hello from SC too!
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I have offered every species of bird kept here -- the chickens, guineas, ducks & geese -- a handsome cash bonus AND central air conditioning added to their coop IF they would only eat up all the fire ants!

    So far, there have been no takers...

    They will peck at the larvae if a mound is disturbed, especially if I have just sprayed it with insecticide [​IMG] But they won't take the initiative to scratch up a mound and dispatch the resident ants.

    The most effective & least harmful stuff I've found to use for killing fire ants is %5 Sevin Dust. I sprinkle it all over & around the mounds. I also sprinkle it under & around the nest boxes, especially those of broody hens, as an ant preventative. And I mix up a liquid insecticide from a concentrate to use in a spray bottle for especially bothersome mounds, ones in inconvenient places.

    But I wish I had birds who would do the pest control for me. Perhaps I could get a Giant Anteater to keep in the yard...
     
  9. JupiterFarmer

    JupiterFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know my chicks eat em but I doubt went they'll get older that they'll have an interest in the tiny things
     
  10. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about chickens, but I read that you should put down little piles of cornmeal where you see ants. The ants take it home to share, and they can't digest it, so they die. It's supposed to take a week or two to get all of them. I've never tried it, but what could it hurt?
     

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