Help ants in pen.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by S n M Poultry, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Songster

    Aug 31, 2007
    My serama/showgirl pen is being overrun with ants. Is there anyway i can get rid of them? there hole is smack dab in the middle of the pen. is there any poisin none toxic to chickens? thanks in advance.
  2. SueNH

    SueNH Songster

    Feb 24, 2007
    What kind of ants? My birds eat them.
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    have you posted in pred and pests? ask for Docof Dirt to help you...
    ETA: I jsut put out a call for him for you
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  4. You could put borax in that nest and cover the spot with a piece of scrap wood for a while. After the ants are dead you'll need to clean out the spot. The cheapest source of borax is Borateem laundry additive. Ideally, moving the birds for a couple of days to clear out the problem would be a good idea. Another option is to hang a No-Pest strip on the roof above the nest. The strips are made by Black Flag, Vapona and some hardware chains, cost about $10 and can be left safely with poultry remaining active for 3 months.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Dump a buncha (food-grade) DE earth on the anthill, if you have it.

    I would not use Borax with birds still in there unless/until you can confirm that it really *is* harmless to them -- I knw that it can cause digestive upset if cats lick too much of it off themselves, and chickens might peck it out of the dirt.

  6. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Songster

    Aug 31, 2007
    could i spray poisen on it then cover the spot i srayed witha board?
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Quote:Personally, I wouldn't use anything poisonous around my birds. We use food grade DE (there's a link in my siggy line) on their "hills" to get rid of them.

    Hope this helps!

  8. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Hey Jeffrey,

    What I do with anthills in spots where I don't want them is just dig down a foot or two and as wide, then fill it back up(clean dirt might be better). This usually either destroys the colony if it got their chambers with eggs and babies or seals them in. May have to do this a couple times if their nest is deep.. pretty much the idea is to keep a lid on them until the whole colony dies or moves. You can put something over it afterwards to make it harder for them to dig out again.

    p.s. be good idea to water down the fill dirt to make it much harder for the ants and also to re-compact the soil.. the chickens probably will regard it as a very nice dust bath once it dries off.. lol
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  9. leslie0815

    leslie0815 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I had a problem with them in my brooder/hatcher I had an old man who raises chickens tell me to use full strength apple cider vinegar, I [put it in a spray bottle and it worked good. So it should work for your problem. Good luck Leslie
  10. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Songster

    Aug 31, 2007
    ok thanks guys im gonna go fix them in a lil bit

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