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FLIES!!! Are any of these things toxic to chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KristyAz, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are any of the following known to be toxic to chickens:

    Skins So Soft
    Citronella Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Dish Washing Liquid
    Pine Sol
    Tea Tree Oil
    Lavender
    Sandal Wood Oil
    Garlic

    You can probably tell I am having a massive fly problem and looking online for some remedies.
     
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    I know tea tree oil is. Probably citronella too. I'm not so sure about the others. Have you considered DE? That is what I use and it works very well. [​IMG]
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I can't tell you any specifics, but chickens have very sensitive respiratory systems, and most of what you listed works as an aromatic oil. I wouldn't use any of them. I just use the horrid sticky fly strips, hung where the chickens can't get tangled in them.
     
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:I wonder if that is what happened to Impy? [​IMG]

    Essential oils can be harmful to a variety of animals. I avoid them as much as possible.
     
  5. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know those fly traps in the yellow and green bags you get at hardware and farm supplies are non-toxic.
     
  6. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, we have a similar product, and it did work. However, we are losing the battle. I need something to kill a bunch all at once that is also safe for the chickens.
     
  7. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little Vanilla Extract (gotta be the real stuff) will drive them away. You can also, try a bug zapper and scatter DE around. Good luck!
     
  8. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks everyone.

    I soaked some paper towels in pure vanilla and hung them from the run wire.

    Also, made a mixture of Palmolive and white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and sprayed the wood and ground.

    So far, it looks a lot better. The mixture above makes the flies so they cannot fly and the chickens are having a nice feast. The mixture also seems to deter them from the wood (outside perch, walls of the coop, and porch)

    I'll go back out in an hour and take a look.

    Edited to add: We do use DE on a regular basis out there as well.
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  9. bevsbirds

    bevsbirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone give the amounts you should use of the Palmolive, vinegar and water to make a gallon of spray to control the flies? Thanks!
     
  10. dawg53

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    Sand in the pen helps cut down on the fly population greatly. I use sticky fly strips as well. I've used vanilla air fresheners (for cars) hung in my garage to deter flies, seemed to work ok.
     

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