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Anyone have a great idea to get rid of flies in a chicken coop? Other than routine maintenance of course... Can chickens eat flies off of those icky yellow fly strips, or will their beaks get stuck or something? Thanks for any ideas!

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Originally Posted by mika4me 

Anyone have a great idea to get rid of flies in a chicken coop? Other than routine maintenance of course... Can chickens eat flies off of those icky yellow fly strips, or will their beaks get stuck or something? Thanks for any ideas!


I have no position on this as I'm not sure if it works or not, but...many folks HIGHLY recommend the use of the VanillaRoma Christmas tree air fresheners in and around the areas where flies are a problem.  Strange but true. Can't hurt to try it, right?

I wouldn't recommend putting those fly strips where the chickens can reach them. That's just asking for trouble!

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It is claimed that DE helps control flies.  I use pelletized lime sprinkled on the litter now and then and rarely see flies.  And the poop dries and works its way to the dirt floor in my coop.

Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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post #4 of 14

Vanilla Tree car fresheners work amazingly!  It's bizarre but totally true.

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Originally Posted by ADozenGirlz 
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Originally Posted by mika4me 

Anyone have a great idea to get rid of flies in a chicken coop? Other than routine maintenance of course... Can chickens eat flies off of those icky yellow fly strips, or will their beaks get stuck or something? Thanks for any ideas!


I have no position on this as I'm not sure if it works or not, but...many folks HIGHLY recommend the use of the VanillaRoma Christmas tree air fresheners in and around the areas where flies are a problem.  Strange but true. Can't hurt to try it, right?

I wouldn't recommend putting those fly strips where the chickens can reach them. That's just asking for trouble!


where do you get that at? does it give off a smell that WE can smell?

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People will forget the things we say,they will forget the things we do but they will never forget the way we make them feel.....

A little paint mare named CADDIE MAY , RIRs:BLRWs:FBCMs:2White Silkies: Bantam Cochins:An EE or two:some mini rex bunnies: 4 kids,2 dogs and a hubby who must love me to put up with my 1 acre farm :o)
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If your coop isnt near your house I would recommend the fly traps.They are stinky and a bit gross but I have been using them for about 2 years and they trap TONS of flie's. We live in between 2 farms with cattle so We have more than usual flie's.I keep a few hanging on back fence's etc. and one in a tree in my central chicken yard.The flie's here would probably think Vanilla is candy so I can't say I have tried them.I just found what worked for US.

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A full time 2yr old grandson,One hubby lol, and daughter at home,one poodle, one cat, 2 ferret's ,one parrot,1 Kitten,As many birds as I can hold on to and Love them all!
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post #7 of 14
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Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I'll go get some vanilla fly strips tomorrow and give it a try. It certainly can't hurt. smile I have heard about the diatomaceous earth and am wondering if it's the same stuff I use in the garden to discourage slugs or if it needs to be edible to go around chickens.

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Wendy'sChicksRock :

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Originally Posted by ADozenGirlz 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mika4me 

Anyone have a great idea to get rid of flies in a chicken coop? Other than routine maintenance of course... Can chickens eat flies off of those icky yellow fly strips, or will their beaks get stuck or something? Thanks for any ideas!


I have no position on this as I'm not sure if it works or not, but...many folks HIGHLY recommend the use of the VanillaRoma Christmas tree air fresheners in and around the areas where flies are a problem.  Strange but true. Can't hurt to try it, right?

I wouldn't recommend putting those fly strips where the chickens can reach them. That's just asking for trouble!


where do you get that at? does it give off a smell that WE can smell?


You can find them LOTS of places, Wal-mart, grocery stores, 7-11s, any car parts store, etc. They're ordinarily in the automotive section b/c they're car air fresheners. And they are VERY aromatic. Some people dislike the intense scent. I don't find it offensive but apparently the flies do!

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by mika4me 

Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I'll go get some vanilla fly strips tomorrow and give it a try. It certainly can't hurt. smile I have heard about the diatomaceous earth and am wondering if it's the same stuff I use in the garden to discourage slugs or if it needs to be edible to go around chickens.


misa4me, they're NOT fly strips. They're car air fresheners. I think they are alleged to work by repelling flies.

There are lots and lots of threads on here about diatomaceous earth and its uses. Just do a quick search and you'll find plenty-o-reading on the subject. Bottom line: the only DE you should use around your chickens is FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth, not the non-food grade version.

post #10 of 14

I think what we're talking about are those air fresheners you get to hang in your car.  They look like pine trees, and usually come in a 3 pack at the grocery store or at a truck stop. 
We used to have flies late in the summer, and I hung one underneath the picnic table umbrella and also in the coop from the roof inside where the girls couldn't get at it.  Yes, you can smell the vanilla and it really works to keep away the flies!   I think the package instructions tell you to lower the plastic wrap an inch or so every couple weeks when you stop smelling it. 

The traditional sticky fly tape is a thin paper coated in melted pine rosin.  These fly tapes come in a small 3" tube with a thumb tack on one end.  You pull out the end plug and untwirl the sticky paper and hang it so the flies get stuck on the rosin paper.    I've used them a lot, and they're horrible.  If they get warm, they uncoil fully, which means you'd better hang them high enough so a jumping chicken won't get entangled.  I've seen my chickens jump almost a yard high to get something they really wanted, plus they can fly to grab stuck-on flies.

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Proud mom of 2 US Marines!   Happy care-giver to 11 ISA Brown hens, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte; 1 elderly female Rottweiler who thinks she's a cat, 4 sons who are much taller than I am, the most awesome baby granddaughter alive, and a sweet computer geek husband who broods in front of his laptop and hatches incredible software.
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