I Hate Ants!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by magikchick, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I had a silke hen sitting on eggs. The other morning when I went out to the pen the hen was off the nest with a couple of chicks. I thought this was strange because she had quite a few more eggs in the nest and she is good about hatching out most of her eggs. When I check the nest it was full of ants! One of the eggs had pipped and when I picked it up ants poured out of it. I open the egg thinking the chick was dead and it peeped. I peeled the egg off of it killing ants as I went. I was able to keep the yoke sac intact and I wraped the chick up in a wet cloth and put it in my incubator with the other eggs that hadn't hatched yet. This moring it's still alive and peeping. Another chick has hatched also. So I'm hopeful that it will make it.
  2. Me too. Ants are driving everyone crazy. This is the worst year we have ever had them, and thank goodness they seem to have thinned out and went their separate ways. Nothing works either!! They are even making hills in the alpaca poop areas, which I haven't seen before. That is terrible if they get into a hatching egg and bite that baby chick!!
  3. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Have you tried pouring full strength white vinegar on the ant hills? That's what I'm doing, and it's working very well. It's temporary, of course, but it's safe for chickens in the yard.
  4. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    OMG that's terrible! I'm relatively new to chickens so I never thought of ants as a predator. I hope the baby makes it and everything turns out fine. I think I'll go squish some ants.
  5. macmama

    macmama Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Gilbert AZ
    I heard DE works well too... and it won't hurt the chickens if they eat it.
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Same thing happened to one of my chicken's eggs. I HATE ANTS!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
  7. craigle dude

    craigle dude In the Brooder

    This must sound stupid and off topic but what's all the abbreviations mean [​IMG]
    Back on topic Ant are horrible I used to get them all the time but then they just stopped [​IMG]
  8. I'm not sure exactly how this would work in practical use, in the henhouse, but I know for a fact that ants won't cross a line of clove oil. If you can find where they are coming in, and sprinkle a line, they will go around.
    I have no idea what clove oil's effect is on chooks, so please look into that before spraying it about, but knowing there are ways to disrupt the ant line may come in useful, somehow. Clove oil is not the only organic compound that acts in this way on ants.
    Mostly just, FYI.

    Bright Blessings
  9. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    We've even had a hard time with ants in the house this year. We didn't have this last year. It stinks.

    I'm glad you rescued the eggs!! YAY!

  10. pkw

    pkw Songster

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    I hate them too!!!!!!! The place I used to live they would invade our entire house thick!! They was even all over our clothes hanging in the closet. We would have to pack up all our indoor pets and bomb the place to kill them off inside.

    Where do you buy diamaceous (I don't know if that is spelled correct) earth that is safe for chickens?? I have several ant hills in the chicken yard that are quite big and I didn't know if they would the chicks or if the chicks would eat them? So far no ants in the chicken house and I hope it stays that way.

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