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Scovies, guinea and pekin LOVE flies, and are very good stalking and catching them too! They are terrible here also.Quote:Originally Posted by Ol Grey Mare
Funny you should ask - we were just discussing flies at my house last night -- DD and I were noticing that we haven't seen hardly ANY horse flies this year, that deer flies were there but at reduced numbers but that regular ol' house flies are AWFUL. Every now and then one of the girls in the coop will catch one against the screen door and take a peck at it, but they pretty much just ignore them as far as trying to eat them- though they do seem annoyed by them if/when they land on them, etc (who isn't, lol). I've never noticed any birds (birds other than chickens that is) going after adult flies, but I do know they love larvae if/when they encounter them.
X2Quote:Originally Posted by Birdylady3
O.m.g yes! They are bad here. I have been spraying my coops and areas down with bug spray just to get rid of them. They are really bad after the rain storms. The chickens won't eat them but the ducks will.
X2Quote:Originally Posted by SallyinIndiana
They are horrible this year. We got a week or so of relief after we sprayed most of the area down with permethrin. But seven was not helping. Also it seems like it is mainly house flies or large house flies not so much horse flies or mosquitoes. My ducks will eat them if the flies are slow or still but the duck pool tens to be the breeding area this year so there is a never ending supply for the ducks. The chickens and the ducks will eat the flies right off the fly tape.
I'm thinking of asking Dh to respray the permethrin 3 times in a set of 10 days apart. Then most of the eggs should be gone. I need the duck pool to provide enough water for the ducks to stay cool but at the same time I want it gone.
LOL yes, they love the flies!Quote:Originally Posted by flyladyrocks
They (houseflies) are really bad here too - wonder if it is b/c it has been so wet and the past 2 years were droughts?? I have seen my girls try to catch them but it is the dog that does the best job!
And some of them BITE! not horseflies either, Grrrrr!Quote:Originally Posted by lilrider
Here's pictures of my small flock so far. Pardon the make shift coop. Its an old horse stall. I'm building the real coop on my vacation next week. Lucky them it stays about 75 tops in there because its a basement barn.
In fact they were stuck with makeshift feeders and waterers because mine arrived 2 days late (darn amazon)
Here's pretty much my whole flock. The white call duck is female the brown is male. Then I have a lavender silkie hen an EE roo a polish roo and hen (rooster was sick when I got him and didn't make it) and an ameracauna hen.
Adorable flock! And it doesn't have to be fancy to be functional, trust mepost #30393 of 499337/24/14 at 8:06pmpost #30394 of 499337/24/14 at 8:14pm
havent noticed the flies being any worse this year, but the mosquitoes are exceptionally ravenous
We have an NPIP certified flock & are breeders of Iowa Blue Chickens http://fivewiregroup.com/
We have an NPIP certified flock & are breeders of Iowa Blue Chickens http://fivewiregroup.com/post #30395 of 499337/24/14 at 8:16pmThread StarterQuote:Originally Posted by Quinstar
Ok y'all. I'm at a loss... For the last 2 weeks my ladies egg production has plummeted! I have 8 (out of 16) girls that are around a year old. We normally get 5-7 eggs a day. We are lucky if we get any right now. There was not a single egg yesterday. It's like they all got together and decided to go on strike. I think a couple may be molting, but definitely not all of them. Any ideas what could have caused the extreme change and what to do about it. For the first time since they started laying we don't have a single egg in the fridge! If I have to go to buy store eggs when I have 16 birds I'm gonna lose it.
Lots of good posts on it already. I notice a short slow down every summer when the days start to shorten (which is now!). We have a drop even in the pekin eggs, and some of my species have stopped for the year, like the geese.Quote:Originally Posted by Quinstar
Quote:Originally Posted by bradselig
So use few eggs I've been setting, I've been very happy with the results! I'm hatching pretty much all showgirls from my silkie/showgirl pens! 4 partridge, and 3 (2 still in hatcher drying out) blues! Can't wait to see how they turn out!
Also have this little polish I hatched out of tolbunt/silver laced polish breeding (lady had a silver laced roo in with her tolbunts. Was hoping to get pure chicks but didn't happen lol)
And these "tolbunt" chicks that I hatched from eggs I bought. Look like I got hosed yet again and ended up with white crested blacks?
No Tolbunts?!?!?! So much sadness, though they are still stinking cute!Quote:
Have you tried the hanging fly traps? They smell like rotting animal carcass, but they work really well.Quote:Originally Posted by SallyinIndiana
is there anything spooking them? maybe a new cat in the area? or did something change, changes can cause a temporary stop in egg laying?
If you were closeer I would sell you some duck eggs.
If anyone else is close to Bargersville and wants duck eggs, please let me know.
Well, the rooster is gone, the guinea is gone, I added two pullets and we did kind of adopt a stray cat. He's been hanging around for a few months now, but he doesn't really care about the chickens. They are pretty terrified of him though. I guess all those things could upset the apple cart... Any idea how long until things get back to normal?
Thats a lot of changes! So it may take a week or 2.Quote:Originally Posted by SallyinIndiana
It looks like my broody duck is giving up. She has not been on the nest since around 9 am this morning. At least she did not try to bite me when I took the newest eggs away. But now I still have a dozen eggs that are going to be chicken food if she does not get back on by tomorrow.
ugh. I have another broody scovy, there is only one left thats not.. sure its coming!Quote:
X2! no kidding, they are ruthless, trying to pick squash tonite thought I would be carried off!Quote:Originally Posted by MarshallPrime
Hello all Indiana Chicken People. I have been on here for almost a year but just found this forum. Ive been on a couple of the others.
Im from nothern Indiana in Goshen and have a couple chickens Im trying to find.
My flock consists of the following:
2 Black copper marans (pair) love my rooster, only mature i have, pic below
8 young Blue laces Red Wyandottes not yet laying and unfortunately all splash (2 pullets and 3-4 cockerels for trade or sale)
3 blue eggers, not sure if true americana but one looks the part
1 bared rock
3 isa browns
1 Tolbunt polish (after this weeks Elkhart Co fair ends)
and a couple young ones that were to be blue coppers and one olive egger pullets but they all SEEM to be roos, not cool.
anyway, here is what Im looking for:
Black (or maybe Blue) copper maran hens/pullets
Black/dark Blue laced Red Wyandotte cockrel (maybe roo) to balance my 2 splash hens
If anyone has any of these and is relativley close by, let me know
Here's "Big Guy"
welcome and glad to meet you!
Love your handsome roo You have an interesting flock, and hope you find the additions you are looking for.post #30396 of 499337/24/14 at 8:31pmThread StarterQuote:
ADORABLE!Quote:Originally Posted by kabhyper1
Quote:Lavender essential oil on the coop framing and the vanilla car tree air fresheners, fans,and spraying the floors if concrete with fly spray helps. Dont let the chickens on it until it dries though. We also got the super stinky fly traps from tsc. They work great, just dont hang them in your barn. They smell like rotton death.Originally Posted by hoosiercheetah
I am so glad to hear that everyone else is, too. I thought it was just me. My flock has just gotten the run area beaten down to bare dirt, and the number of flies congregating on the poop has been incredible.
I threw down some old litter from the coop into the run, and that has really helped. But they're still pretty bad!
Eww but if it works, I can live with it. If I use fly tapes, I know my guinea would get wrapped in them goofballs.Quote:Quote:Originally Posted by SallyinIndiana
we tried out the stinky jar style traps from TSC last year. They worked I guess but wow that smell, it took our breath away. I did enjoy the meter guy not trampling through my yard as much last year though. He seemed to avoid the traps and spent less time "glancing" in our windows.Quote:Originally Posted by raisinemright
Quote:True the stinking plastic jar traps work great! We get the ones with black lids they seen to work best for us!!Originally Posted by kabhyper1
Lavender essential oil on the coop framing and the vanilla car tree air fresheners, fans,and spraying the floors if concrete with fly spray helps. Dont let the chickens on it until it dries though. We also got the super stinky fly traps from tsc. They work great, just dont hang them in your barn. They smell like rotton death.
On another note we finally got our goat herd to our new farm!!! It's nice to look out the back window and see pigs, goats, and horses (cows will be next year)! Our chickens will be transferred here soon. My in laws bought my pallet coop from me. Kinda bittersweet, but got enough to buy a new shed (8x8 shed/coop) and some left over to do a concrete pad for our boar hogs. So it worked out. Our new place is coming together nicely!!!
Awesome! I need to start looking for piglets again, Wilbur is about 300lbs now. Time goes by too fast any more, gonna miss him.
Sorry I dont, good luck searching tho!post #30397 of 499337/24/14 at 8:33pm
our egg production has diminished the past couple weeks or so too - i guess our chickens need & deserve a little vacation every once in a while
We have an NPIP certified flock & are breeders of Iowa Blue Chickens http://fivewiregroup.com/
We have an NPIP certified flock & are breeders of Iowa Blue Chickens http://fivewiregroup.com/post #30398 of 499337/24/14 at 8:43pm
This is the first year we have been bothered by flies at the coop, but it's so bad we had to do something. I have a QuickBayt station hanging from the ceiling of our main coop (used a gallon milk container with 2" round openings cut near the top, four total, and wired it to the ceiling where no birds can possibly get to it. It does NOT smell, but has some attractant in it. There are other ways to use it, but the safest way for the chickens and our neighborhood pets was to hang a bait station. It's helping, and it hasn't been up even a week. Cooler/wetter days aren't as bad anyway, but those hot days--yikes! I've also been removing droppings more frequently from the henhouses. DH has also used the garden rototiller a couple of times in the chicken yard to turn the droppings, etc., under, and the chickens LOVE it afterward. We have such a hard clay soil that it makes finding bugs and digging dust baths easier. It also reduces the aroma of the droppings and indirectly reduces the number of flies.50% English Lavender Orpington Chicks and Hatching Eggs for Sale in 2016English BBS, Mauve, Chocolate, and Chocolate Cuckoo Orpington ChicksBielefelder Chicks (autosexing), dual purpose meat/eggsSilver Grey Dorkings in 2017--ancient autosexing breed with 5 toes!Dr. Mary, DVM-- English Orpingtons, American Orpingtons, Bielefelders, Australorps, RIR, Brahma, Ameracauna --
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ouch, I am so sorry. Thats a painful loss.Quote:
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