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Will Seven Dust make eggs unedible?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Heartforchickens, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Heartforchickens

    Heartforchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an ant problem in and around my coop. They come from pine trees and are menacing to say the least. I have 14 girls on the verge of laying. I found ants in the nest boxes a few days ago and sprinkled the shavings with Seven Dust to get rid of them. Tried DE first, but that didn't work. When they begin to lay, will the eggs be edible since they will come in contact with some of the Seven? Does anyone know a tried and true method of keeping ants away?
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Your eggs will be completely edible. Just wash the Sevin off with hot water.

    The tried and true method to keep ants away is Sevin dust!
     
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Yuck. To each his own though!
     
  4. K-9Dog

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    I agree! No Way!!!
     
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 just wash them before you eat them. They are fine.
     
  6. They're safe as long as you rinse them. I used Sevin when I had a lice problem (it's all better now, thanks to Sevin :D), and the eggs were fine. I just made sure they didn't get sold, just to be sure.

    ~~~Ms.B :)
     
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    You might find it unappetizing, but there's no objective harm to it. The Sevin doesn't penetrate the egg, so if the eggs are washed, they'll be fine.
     
  8. K-9Dog

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    when I am trying to be as organic as possible sevin is far from being safe eve in my garden and vineyard - it is used only if needed for a certain situation. But I know what i am ingesting and at what time after application. but you cannot control inhalation and other forms of absorption by the chickens and in a coop or nesting box. but like the other member said - to each his/her own.
     
  9. Heartforchickens

    Heartforchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to all for your advice. I am undecided at this point and will ponder it a little further.
     
  10. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had problems with ants in the nesting boxes too. I just clean out all the bedding and wipe out the box with wet paper towels, let dry and refill. It's a lot of work but worth it. I don't put anything but bedding (and chickens) in the boxes. I use poultry dust around outside of coop. Works great but we've had a lot of rain so I'm having to use more often.
     

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