Problems with Ants..... HELP!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BabyandCotton, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last summer, my broody Muscovy, Baby, sat on 16 eggs. 10 pipped internally but didn't make it. (This was her first hatch) 6 were doing fine but then, the ants came. Swarmed all around and then entered thru the pipped holes and bit the tender little ducklings. I had to help them out but it was too late. Only two ducklings made it. How can I prevent this? Has any body else had this problem? I'm planning to hatch eggs under a old English game ( ground box) my Muscovy was on the ground as well.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You could try dusting around the hens/nest boxes with Sevin dust or DE. Or perhaps place some ant bait (you can buy the bait boxes or make a mix of borax and sugar) somewhere the chickens and your other pets can't access them. Good luck! I see ants in my coops, but they've never bothered my hens or hatching eggs. I hope it stays that way!
     
  3. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Would grits work as well??
     

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