Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ybhco, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. ybhco

    ybhco In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2016
    Nashville, TN
    Hi, this is my first time posting here.

    I've got a small coop with three hens, and have just recently noticed a HUGE problem with flies. At any given moment, there are 30-40 flies in the coop, and they're swarming around it.

    Here are the details:

    • We clean the coop once per day. All of the chicken **** is removed from the roosting area and the grazing area.
    • They eat regular breeder pellets in a feeder left on the ground.

    • We recently added hay to the bottom of the coop to help keep the chickens cooler throughout the summer.
    • The food stays dry.

    The flies seem to be swarming around the feed.

    Any advice is welcome. Am I doing something wrong? Or maybe it's just seasonal? Or are there tricks to keep flies out of the coop?

    Thank you,

  2. a704

    a704 In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2013
    NE ohio
    Yeah I have flies too, unless you introduce a natural predator for the flies they will just always be around, you can try the sticky tapes but I find those to be a waste of money, you could try planting insect eating plants around your coop or finding safe spiders to move near the coop, preying mantis are pretty good at keeping fly populations down but might have to be bought every year
  3. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Songster

    Jun 14, 2016
    try lemon grass. We planted 2 by are coop and have never had a fly problem
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2016
  4. FireGurl26

    FireGurl26 Chirping

    May 4, 2016
    U.P. Michigan
    I dunno what area you are from but certain times of year all of our flies hatch from the ground and I am talking hundreds upon thousands and they are horrible. Especially when our black flies hatch...cuz they bite the heck out of us. Maybe your coop is located on top of a breeding ground of fly eggs where they hatch every year. I am not a expert on how and when flies hatch but i know from experience the area where they do on our land...so no buildings or structures will be built there. If you could do it, i would move the coop/run to another location of your land. That may be the reason for all the flies...or wait it out till they leave the breeding area.

    Another possibility is that there may be something rotted underneath your coop.
  5. ybhco

    ybhco In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2016
    Nashville, TN
    Thanks for the advice, everyone. There's definitely not anything rotting under the coop. We move it every two weeks and shovel the "big stuff" out daily. Also, *great* advice on the praying mantises, but I'm one step ahead of ya there... For years, I've been putting 10 egg cases around my yard every spring. I saw a BIG one in my herb garden this morning.

    Since I posted this a few days ago, I've seen a big decline in the amount of flies around the coop. For the time being, I'm going to assume it was just a big hatch due to weather (or something dying nearby) and isn't as urgent of an issue as I thought it was.

    Thanks again for the help.

  6. kraftyfoxfarms

    kraftyfoxfarms Hatching

    Jun 18, 2016
    Kansas city mo
    My Coop
    i know this sounds stupid but its a cheap easy fix. Go to a parts store or walmart and buy you some vinilla scented car freshners the ones that look like trees hang a few in the coop. I have 4 hanging and my fly problem is gone for the most part. I have a few here and there but nothing to really speak of. Its cheap and easy

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