Flies!!! What to do?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 1stepcloser, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    Well yay. The byproduct of our new coop seems to be about a million flies. They have only been in there one night! I have dry cobb covering the floor. What do I do...ignore them? Just chalk it up to part of having chickens? Should I have fly strips or anything else to catch them in their coop? Thanks...being a newbie kind of sucks sometimes. LOL
     
  2. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    I was floored by the number of flies in my dirt run.

    Then, I put sand on the floor of the run. Presto! Hardly any flies. Amazing. Try sand.
     
  3. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    powerline Out Of The Brooder

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    Apple Cider Vinegar at 2 oz. per gal of water will keep blowflies away.
     
  5. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I saw these ziplock baggies full of water hanging from the rafters at our local fair (at the apple dumpling booth)... each one had a penny in it ... we were joking that it was a crazy way to have a 'sprinkler system' for fires ... but then they said it was to keep away the flies.

    I went to snopes and it says that is 'undetermined' if it works or not. Let us know if you try it and what results you get.

    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/flies.asp
     
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  6. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried the bags of water too...didn't seem to do much.
    I put DE in the coops litter and in their food that does seem to work a lot. Now we only get a couple here and there [​IMG]
     
  7. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get yourself some DE, quick!


    I love that stuff [​IMG]
     
  8. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    Uh, what is DE?
     
  9. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start with the sticky traps this late in the season. They are cheap and very effective. Replace as often as needed:)
     

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