Question about Large Black Ants in the Coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by k0xxx, May 24, 2010.

  1. k0xxx

    k0xxx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    I searched for a similar posting, but did not find any specific to the large black ants, so....

    Today we seem to have an invasion of large black ants in the coop. I see these around our oak trees all the time, but this is the first time in the coop. The hens love them, but should I be worried about them getting to my week old chicks? I'm going to try some DE, but I won't be able to get to the farm and ranch store until tomorrow.

    Thanks for your time and consideration.
  2. 4 Love of Baby Chickens

    4 Love of Baby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    There's Large Black Ants all over the place here. I've been throwing them to my chicks since I got them at 2 weeks. They LOVE them!!!
  3. k0xxx

    k0xxx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    Thanks. I was fairly sure that they wouldn't be a problem, since I've never had one of this type bite. I'm just a little over protective and wanted to be sure. Thanks again!
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    You better find out what ant it is. I'm not worried about the birds, but the structure. The large black ones we have up here in Oregon are carpenter ant. They eat wood, and they are just as bad as having termites.
  5. k0xxx

    k0xxx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    Quote:I appreciate the info. I'll catch a few and visit by the county agents office to find out. Thanks!
  6. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    If they are Carpenter ants, and they are IN your oak trees, check that the trees are still sound. Don't need a large limb crushing the coop (or your car).
  7. BankerJohn

    BankerJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Lecanto, Florida
    Diatomaceous Earth will kill ants.
  8. Marie1234

    Marie1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:One fell on my house a few years ago. You don't want that either.
  9. Lapin63

    Lapin63 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 15, 2010
    I have large black ants in my house, mudroom, and outside. I brought my Rhode Island Red inside our mudroom and she would not eat the ants, but just kept stepping over them. I was so dismayed. I've never heard of a chicken not eating bugs....or ants! Maybe they taste bad? I was hoping the chickens would devour them.
  10. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have them and the chickens will run half way across the yard to eat them.

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