Flies in my chicken run.

Aleta

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I noticed today that there are a lot of flies in our chicken run. We have only had our chickens in the run for about 5 weeks. We are using pine shavings over hard packed ground. I saw in the herb and weed article that mint is helpful to eliminate flies. I don’t currently grow any mint in my yard. What other things can I do to decrease/ eradicate the flies?
 

DobieLover

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I noticed today that there are a lot of flies in our chicken run. We have only had our chickens in the run for about 5 weeks. We are using pine shavings over hard packed ground. I saw in the herb and weed article that mint is helpful to eliminate flies. I don’t currently grow any mint in my yard. What other things can I do to decrease/ eradicate the flies?
Can you please post pictures of your run?
How large is it and how many birds do you have in it?
 

igorsMistress

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Hi there. Fly traps are helpful. Stir the litter, take some out and add some dry shavings. I don't know how often people with runs have to clean, but I rake my yard every 2 to 4 weeks depending on how many chickens I have. You can compost it or toss it.
 

Sasha-chickens

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I noticed today that there are a lot of flies in our chicken run. We have only had our chickens in the run for about 5 weeks. We are using pine shavings over hard packed ground. I saw in the herb and weed article that mint is helpful to eliminate flies. I don’t currently grow any mint in my yard. What other things can I do to decrease/ eradicate the flies?
i use captivator fly trap. it’s a container that flies fly into and can’t get out. when it gets full you can empty it out and refill it or throw it away and buy more. works like a charm👍
 

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