Flies, flies, flies!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jesseanne, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Jesseanne

    Jesseanne In the Brooder

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    This is my second summer with my fourteen chickens, but last summer they were just babies. Now that they are grown, they poop all over as they free range. We seem to be having a real fly problem. Is there anything that I can do to reduce the number of flies in my yard?
     
  2. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    Alaska
    sticky fly traps
     
  3. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    I try and keep my hens in the run until the later part of the afternoon i find they stay closer to the coop and poop there and it keeps the flies there and i sprinkle around the coop with DE
     
  4. Jesseanne

    Jesseanne In the Brooder

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    Thank you for your replies, both are great suggestions that I will try!
     
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    I swear the flies are worse this year than in the past....I have resorted to hanging those sticky fly papers in the chicken houses...up high and out of reach of the birds though...I was amazed at how many it caught in a day.
     
  6. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Songster

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    This was going to be my post tonight! I can't go into my coop without being eaten alive by flies - closely followed by chickens pecking at flies on my legs - it's a brand new coop and it feels grossly infested already!
     
  7. anythingbutsandy

    anythingbutsandy In the Brooder

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    This year the fly problem in our area is particularly bad. I've read about DE and everything I've seen is that the results are either great or not so great. I've been reading about a product for horses & other animals that is a fly predator and I'm wondering if anyone has had success using this? At this point I'm willing to buy it and try it but thought I'd ask first if anyone has used it.
     
  8. jeni51

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    I bought a Victor Magnet last week to hang in my run and it works great, already full. It is a pint size plastic cup with lid, comes complete with attractant. No poisons so great in coop.
     
  9. Bawk Vader

    Bawk Vader In the Brooder

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    I swear by DE and also Indian Runner ducks. My ducks keep most of the flies under control.
     
  10. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Songster

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    Where are the flies breeding? I would think the chickens would eat any maggots around...
    I like the idea of the fly traps. The fly paper strips are great for seeing lots of dead flies, but I don't know if they really help reduce the population significantly. (And be sure to hang it way higher than your head... I have a traumatic childhood memory of fly paper stuck to my hair.... ewwww!)
     

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