Hi all, we've had chickens successfully for three years now. They are much loved pets and we collect the eggs everyday, we have one roo and a few girls. We have always fed Layena and Flock Raiser (Sunrise when they were chicks) combined in addition to scraps almost daily - pasta, rice, cooked veggies, fruit, etc... For several years we have lived green - no pesticides, no fertilizers at all on our property and it has worked out very well. Except, recently -- we are getting ants - everywhere - in their enclosure and in our feed tubs. We are in the hot Arizona climate - yes it's almost October but still over 100 degrees. Our chickens have lots of trees, we wet the ground, put down ice blocks daily, etc - they are quite happy. The ants are small but I'm not sure what kind, if they bite they must be fire ants? They don't seem to bother the chickens at all, just us. Has anyone used diatomaceous earth? Would that hurt our chickens? Thanks in advance for any natural remedies for this problem.