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fire ants

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mossyroo, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. mossyroo

    mossyroo Chirping

    Oct 23, 2014
    Mossy Head, FL
    I have seen several mentions of chickens decimating ant hills but was wondering how they fare against fire ants? There must be plenty of Southern free-rangers with experience with this.
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  2. cute bantams

    cute bantams Chirping

    Jan 27, 2015
    North Texas
    my hens typically destroy fire ants easily they scratch until the ants get under the scales on their legs then after they've gotten all the ants off they come back and the cycle continues
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    My birds have always avoided fire ant mounds. Seems they've had better things to scratch around for.
  4. cute bantams

    cute bantams Chirping

    Jan 27, 2015
    North Texas
    Haha mine just like to dig in the dirt because it's loose
  5. Primo

    Primo Songster

    May 1, 2013
    Mine avoid them as well. My compost pile has a large colony in it. Chickens will not go near the pile
  6. cute bantams

    cute bantams Chirping

    Jan 27, 2015
    North Texas
    Maybe I should rent out my girls
  7. azahn

    azahn In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2012
    Northeast Texas
    My flock has never gone after fire ants, and we have plenty. I think they are smart enough to avoid them.
  8. cute bantams

    cute bantams Chirping

    Jan 27, 2015
    North Texas
    I do not think they care they like to eat them maybe it's like in wild birds that have been observed " anting "
  9. Shining Hill

    Shining Hill In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2015
    Central North Carolina
    Guinea hens really go after fire ant mounds more in my experience. Call me cruel too but I'd move our guinea tractor over a few mounds each day and MAKE them get them. They usually have to be forced. They weren't getting attacked or anything though. Guineas are SUCH a pain in my butt they gave to pay their rent somehow!
    I'm dreading the fire ants this spring! We have an absolute TON if them!
  10. HotDesertChick

    HotDesertChick Chirping

    Jan 4, 2015
    Southern New Mexico
    Fire Ants! Part of the reason we left coastal GA.

    We had a small free-range flock of Golden Seabright bantams, and several guineas on our 8 acre property. The Chix appeared to leave all of the nasty re-occuring fire ant mounds alone. Wouldn't you?!

    I never found a way to eliminate these vicious tiny ants. I took great pleasure in lowering my four-foot-wide tractor-driven bush hog ("mower") over the large ant hills that would form in our back four acres. How, I came to hate Fire Ants!

    Amdro ant bait seemed the most useful, as the greedy ants would take it down into the nest to feed the queen, killing the future source of new buds. Any bait that can work as an attractant might work, if the ant colonies aren't already "immune" to the pesticide.

    My bantams, guineas, never pecked at the ant bait, but they didn't like going near the Dastardly Devils anyway. I would be careful using any bait around chickens. I always kept the Amdro (or similar baits) cool in storage, to keep them "tastier" to the nasty ants.

    Good luck.

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