Flies in the duck coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NovaAman, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    I clean it every day, but its a he'll of a job with all the flies that swarm out... What can I use to cut them down does not seem like my ducks are eating them... And its only in the duck coop. No problems in the chicken coops.
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    5,545
    223
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Put down pine shavings to keep it dry in the coop.
    It may help to put some pelletized lime underneath a thick layer of shavings

    There's no reason you should have to clean it out every day if they aren't overcrowded
     
  3. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    its 4 ducks in a 22sq ft space. They go in at 9 pm and back out at 8 am or so...
     
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    1,395
    144
    198
    Mar 20, 2012
    You can try Fly Predators. They are totally safe parasitic wasps that you spread around the effected area. The wasps kill the flies. It does take a little longer to work, because the wasps kill the flies when they are larvae instead of adults.
     
  5. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    Hmmm. thats a thought. I was looking at those fly traps, but they just are so nasty to clean out! I put straw on the floor where they make the most mess. They keep their sleeping boxes pretty neat. It just on the floor area near the door. I also changed the water dish I put in there. I am using a gallon ice cream bucket. This morning, I had a lot less flies, and I am thinking its because they can not get into the ice cream bucket and spill the water. Also, I did not put any food in the coop. I fed them last night about 30 minutes before close up time. Albeit, they came out of the coop acting like they were starving big time. LOL. I will have to figure that situation out too. 12 hours is a long time to go with out food for them eaters. They eat more than my chickens...
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    5,545
    223
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote: Straw won't absorb enough moisture, as you've already found out.

    Switch to a thick bed of Pine shavings mixed with Pelletized Lime, and it will help dry the droppings and kill the odors that are attracting the files
     
  7. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

    797
    21
    156
    May 14, 2011
    DFW - mid cities, Tx
    sweet PDZ is supposed to cut down on smell and flies. It's granular and you sprinkle it uner the roosts to absorb moisture, Check out the thread on poop boards also. Lots of good info there.
     
  8. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks Bear Foot.. I will give that a try. Cleaning that coop every day is a pain in the behind. I use pine in the chicken coops, so.. .I have it on hand.
     
  9. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,305
    39
    174
    Jul 24, 2010

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by