Red ants in the chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by operationindigo, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. operationindigo

    operationindigo Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just outside changing water and filling feed and I noticed that there was a swarm of red ants underneath my chickens' feeder. I hosed them off and cleaned the feeder and water container. Normally I set the feeder and waterer on a wooden board because it helps keep the pine shavings out of the food/water by raising it up a bit. I lifted up the piece of wood and there were swarms and swarms of ants. They weren't there this morning! I tried to scoop them out and wash out the wood underneath. Is this dangerous for my chickens? How do I get rid of them? I have a small coop and run with two chickens.
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    what about sevin dust? i hated them things when i lived in fl. they hurt! and yes they will probably hurt the chickens as well.i remember my dad burning them
     
  3. hdmax

    hdmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's wrong with letting the chickens eat them? That's part of life's cycle. Unless the chickens are very young, they will eat the ants.

    By the way, Sevin in the chicken coop is not a real good idea.
     
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  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    i have been using sevin dust for years with no ill effects. have you ever been swarmed with red ants/fire ants they can kill small humans
     
  5. operationindigo

    operationindigo Out Of The Brooder

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    My concern is mostly just that they could swarm and bite the chickens. They were biting me when I tried to scoop/clean out all the ants. But will the go after the chickens? Or leave them alone?
     

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