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I have 6 girls that we let free range during the day. They have a 30x20 area in the yard that we have fenced off for them. It is shaded with a big tree. I'm having issues with flies around my run and coop. We clean the inside of the coop weekly and I rake the sand that they have dug up around the run to mix it up. No matter what I do, there are always flies and a particular smell. Searching for ideas on how to keep it cleaner for my girls and for me.

1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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1  Black lab, 2 German Shepherds, 1 toddler.

 

6 hens: 

New Hampshire: Delilah. Red Star: Ginger. Black Star: Maggie. Brown Leghorn: Queen Elizabeth (Liz). Easter Egger: Lilly. Easter Egger: Bertha Mae. 

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Some good tips here :)

 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/06/15-tips-to-reduce-flies-around-chicken.html

Elaine

Hens, Roosters: Jill, Barred Rock: Suzy Q, Wheaten Ameraucana: Donna Sue, Buff Orpington: Hazel, White Ameraucana, Carrie, Exchequer Leghorn: Lillian, Partridge Penedesenca: Elaine, Welsummer: Wendy, Red Silkie: Connie, Blue Silkie: Olivia, Partridge Cochin: LeBron, Rhode Island Red: Bob, Golden Phoenix: Hector, silkie and golden phoenix mix: Bruce, Rhode Island Red.

..all named after...

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Elaine

Hens, Roosters: Jill, Barred Rock: Suzy Q, Wheaten Ameraucana: Donna Sue, Buff Orpington: Hazel, White Ameraucana, Carrie, Exchequer Leghorn: Lillian, Partridge Penedesenca: Elaine, Welsummer: Wendy, Red Silkie: Connie, Blue Silkie: Olivia, Partridge Cochin: LeBron, Rhode Island Red: Bob, Golden Phoenix: Hector, silkie and golden phoenix mix: Bruce, Rhode Island Red.

..all named after...

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I have 6 girls that we let free range during the day. They have a 30x20 area in the yard that we have fenced off for them. It is shaded with a big tree. I'm having issues with flies around my run and coop. We clean the inside of the coop weekly and I rake the sand that they have dug up around the run to mix it up. No matter what I do, there are always flies and a particular smell. Searching for ideas on how to keep it cleaner for my girls and for me.

 

 

you have a screen door for your back door or windows?

 

they sell rolls of them..

 

just get insect screen is fine

 

about 4'x25' roll for $10 or so .. wrap it around the coop to prevent the flies from getting in.. the smell will attract them but if they can't come into contact with the manure there's no food..

 

yes there is a smell from chicken manure and the chickens themselves

 

you can use pine shavings to help absorb the moisture and odor from the manure

 

or try other methods that are out there

 

also cleaning more frequently might help.. i clean out the coop and run each day actually..

 

took me about 10-15 minutes

 

but now that my run floor has no grass anymore.. i just put pine shavings down and don't have to clean as often

 

wet/smelly manure will attract even more flies 

 

i don't have flies in the coop.. just the part of the run that i keep bare earth.. this is pretty interesting :)

 

i'm thinking of just use all pine shavings 

 

and set traps in designated areas using chicken manure (instead of store bought fly bait)

 

 

What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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I use Vanilla car fresheners....Flies like poop! Hate vanilla.

Hang them in the trees and around your run.

They really work.

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