I did a search and read a ton of threads about flies, but didn't find anything that was truly helpful for our situation. We are new backyard chicken keepers in suburbia and I put my 10ish week old chickens out in a tractor of sorts to forage (until they are big enough to not get picked on by cats/birds etc.). Since they have been out in the yard (our yard is 2000 SF maybe) our fly population has skyrocketed. We also have a very large dog, but his poop gets cleaned up almost daily. Do I need to try and rake up the chicken poop in the yard daily or is there another way to manage this?
I have the hanging fly lures/traps with water (that smell like death), sticky hanging strips and vanilla trees near the house. I was an exterminator for awhile but I was a commercial tech (as in businesses not farms) so I am clueless on this.