Flies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Karen711, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I am worried & scared!! I'm almost all ready for my chickens and the coop is in our backyard not all that far from our patio. All this stuff I have been reading about having fly problems from having chickens has me so worried. I am getting 7-9 chickens am I going to have a big fly problem????
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Keep your coop dry and clean, and hang some fly strips, you won't have that many flies.
     
  3. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 I clean regularly and have no fly problems.
     
  4. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I appreciate the feedback thanks :)
     
  5. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In case you need it, there is this chicken lore that the vanilla scented car air fresheners (the ones shaped like Xmas trees) work really well at repelling flies. Don't know if it's true, but I've read that more than once.

    Stay on the poop, and you should be fine, though. I sympathize -- I worried about this, too, before my girls arrived.
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Right. It's the poop that attracts flies. I keep the poop scooped and deposited in a compost pile, and I have no fly problem at all. If you leave poop lying around, flies lay eggs in it very quickly and almost as quickly, you have more flies. The secret is to deny flies the place to lay their eggs.
     
  7. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I will stay up on scooping poop for sure!! I'm not sure if I want a compost to close around due to it attracting flies. What or where have you been disposing of the chicken poop [​IMG] ??
     
  8. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a dual chamber compost tumbler that I bought at Home Depot for around $100. It works very well and seals the poop inside so it doesn't attract flies.
     
  9. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great I will look into that thanks eh :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Deep litter will help with fly control also.
     

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