don't chickens eat flies??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by YolandaT, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. YolandaT

    YolandaT In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Hi! Just moved my 7week old girls outside today - tomorrow will be their first day in their coop but today I just put their cage (a 3x4 dog pen) under a tree. Their pen now has flies are swarming around, on the small amount of poop that was on the cage bottom. My girls are just pecking at the grass I put in their cage and not the flies at all.

    This worries me because I thought that chickens ate bugs?? Will they start figuring out they can eat the flies, or are flies a problem in coops? I really thought that bugs weren't a problem in coops/runs because the chickens ate them.

    Please advise!! Oh we newbies have SO much to learn!! [​IMG]

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  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, I had high hopes when I observed chicks in the brooder LEAP after the occasional fly, but once they were outside full time, they didn't seem to be at all interested in them. [​IMG]

    Now and then, I'll see a chicken chase a fly, but I think they are much more "downward focused" - pecking at bugs on the ground and other goodies - than searching out flies. They do hunt for, catch and eat spiders and earwigs on the inside walls and corners of the coop, though.

    I don't see many flies IN the coop. But they sure don't go after them out in the run or yard.
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  3. nelgkel

    nelgkel Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    they will eat the flies, just not at the same rate that the flies reproduce! After all the rain and the coop bedding got wet we had hundreds of flies! We put out the gallon jug outside the coop with the weird top on it and some attractant...that helped, we put DE in the coop from the get go..., we also got a spray Max Force Spot bait? and sprayed it around run and outside of coop...HUGE HUGE help that stuff was!! AM keeping that on hand...

    Welcome to BYC... [​IMG] you will find LOTS of info and great people here!
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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Mine never eat flies. Never.
  5. Telamon

    Telamon Songster

    May 31, 2010
    I have no idea.
    mine eats flies, and none of them ever died... yet...
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    I've never seen mine eat a fly neither, and I've had a zillion of them here until recently when I sprayed. However we've had alot of yellow flies come out and bite the heck out of my elbows,but when they get around one of my hens, they're dead meat, they snatch them up real quick! And I love it!
  7. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    I don't sit and watch them all day, but I don't think mine eat to many if any flies.
  8. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    My roo eats flies if he sees them .. Like others said though they mostly just look at the floor for food ..
  9. Glamorgan

    Glamorgan In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2010
    My hen in the picture catches flies out of the air and eats them, but my other chickens don't.
  10. MammaMoose

    MammaMoose In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    Lawrenceburg, KY
    I haven't seen my girls eat flies, but I have one that chases, catches and eats wasps. I'm always afraid she'll get stung, but she catches it, throws it to the ground, pecks the heck outta it and then eats it. I've seen them catch millers, but they won't touch ants. I love to watch them chase after flying bugs. They are so funny tracking them and running after them.

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