will chickens eat ants ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by asooomaa, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. asooomaa

    asooomaa Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to ask this question because I didn't see any of my chickens eat ants, even big ones ( ants ), why ??
     
  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
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    Some chickens like them. Some do not.
     
  3. Maureen&chickens

    Maureen&chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silkie loves them. She'll camp out next to an ant hill and eat them as they surface.[​IMG]
     
  4. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have lots of different ants on my property but the girls don't touch them. However, one time I turned over a log and disturbed an ant nest. The girls went nuts eating ant eggs! They literally grabbed the eggs out of the pincers of the ants who were frantically struggling to relocate them! Ant caviar?
     
  5. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine won't touch ants - we have the little red ones - but they also love the eggs!
     
  6. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have ant hill where we are and my girls love them. Before we had the chickens we were overrun with ants. Since the girls have got here we will have an ant hill pop up and its gone soon after. I love it. I don't have to buy ant killer. We have not put any chemicals on the grass this year. Thank you chickens.
     
  7. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    mine won't.
     
  8. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    Some will, some won't. None of the ones I have currently are fans. As a matter of fact, none of the ones I have currently will eat any bug I point out to them. They, apparently, don't trust me.
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I've never seen mine eat them, but I've heard many people say theirs do. I guess we just have too many grasshoppers for them to bother!

    I did see one of my OEG pullets catch and eat a wasp today though, that one was a bit surprising!
     
  10. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine love the ant eggs and will only eat the the bigger black ants. they dont seem to like the smaller red ants. My hens come a running when they see me flip over rocks.
     

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