Fire Ants...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Polish Chickens, May 11, 2009.

  1. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2009
    I would really like to take my chicks out for them to enjoy being outside and I noticed that there are fire ants spread out everywhere in the grass where I had put my chicks on the grass. I worry that the darn ants would pose a threat as they'll bite the feet of my chicks as I noticed a few of my chicks were cheeping when I picked one up and there was a fire ant just biting it's foot toe which I had removed the little bugger. Do fire ants pose a threat to my chicks or should I not worry about them?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I suppose they could, if there were enough bites. Mine stay away from them. I figure they got stung at some point and learned their lesson.
  3. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Not sure...I am new to the chicken family....
    however we have those pesty fire ants...I would keep them away... too many bites can't be good for anyone![​IMG] ouch!
  4. Im4dabirds

    Im4dabirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Central Alabama
    I've been wondering about this myself. And what if you use something like Over & Out that you spread over the whole yard in the spring? How long before it is safe for the chicks I wonder. Does anyone know?
  5. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
  6. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:If there is enough area which is not infected by fire ants so chicks can run for safety I would not be worry.

    My LF mutts destroyed all ant mounds including fire ants.

    I started to dig the last mound of fire ants, so my chicks started to gobble on eggs and larvae, then fire ants started fight back and crawl up my hens legs stinging them, my hens pick them up one by one and ate them.

    It was fun to watch.
  7. TammyTX

    TammyTX Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 16, 2009
    I put DE on the mounds. It does not kill them but it does slow them down....some.

    If your chicks are small you are probably at a greater risk.
  8. raccoon

    raccoon Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Cassatt S.C.
    My girls destroyed our fire ant mounds thought about moving my girls arround the yard there everywhere hear SC

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