I'm really afraid of ants. I treated the area where I moved her with sevin dust because the spot she chose, well I saw a line of fire ants go in the coop and I was freaking out. She lost 2 eggs, they broke from other hens wanting to use her spot as an egg laying spot. The hustle and tustle must have broken the eggs. There weren't any ants under her but I moved her anyways. It's day 11 (day 21 will be Oct 1st yay) and I'm really fearing ants killing the chicks as they're pipping under her. Ants can smell that sorta stuff and the scouts will be at the scene then the whole dang colony. It's only 4 eggs so I'm kind of already stressing about getting any girls this time (last time out of 5 chicks 5 roos) and I don't want anything happening to them or Mama. I've read that DE works (food grade) but I don't want to use it unless it's my best chance. Plus it's expensive at the feedstore for a 25 pound bag of it, I asked about it before, forgot what the girl said but I immediately said "woop i think i'll stick to sevin dust" so it must have been expensive.. Anyways- I want to put the ant-go-away stuff a day or two before pipping days start. So it needs to be safe for the chickens! DE yes? Any other ideas? Oh yeah I know this doesn't seem to be in the right section.. Mods move it if it is. But they'll be born soon and even afterwards I'll be keeping my eyes on ants. I'll have to remove the egg shells fast from Mama. Hmm.