Flies! Arg!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicmom, May 30, 2011.

  1. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello fellow BYCrs!

    First time ever, I've got a fly problem! They are buzzing around everywhere, and this is my third summer. I've got fresh sand in my runs, and I go out once a day and "poop scoop". I've noticed alot of flies and I really do keep the poop down to a minimum. I've even seen them fly and land on my chicken's feathers. My flock is 11 in the big hen house, and 8 chicks in the A-frame coop. This really confuses me.

    It's not stinky out there, so what's up with the flies? [​IMG]

    What products do you use to control them?

    Thank you,
    Sharon
     
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE seems to cut down on the flies around here. Some one even talked about the little tree air fresheners. Vanilla, I believe, is supposed to ward them off.
     
  3. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    feed through de
     
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  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    DE does work well for fly control however it won't eliminate them, I use DE and then place fly pheremone traps in the big coop and the flies are not a problem. Flies will allways make a huge reapperance after a heavy rain.
     
  5. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE seems to work well around here, but not entirely by any means. I read a thread somewhere here (cant remember for the life of me which it was or the title, sorry) but it said something about some kind of sticky, NON-toxic fly board that the flies would stick to, and then the chickens would pick them off as a treat (yeah, [​IMG] I know) but I guess it kept them ( the chickens) busy and helped keep flies down a bit.

    I think its pretty much impossible to live fly-free though.
     
  6. PepsNick

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