Fly control... any birds eat flies

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by leecey411, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. leecey411

    leecey411 Songster

    May 31, 2007
    Any birds that eat flies? Maggots? Anybody have organic fly control methods?
  2. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Songster

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    My chickens eat flies if they can catch them. I use food grade diotomatious earth to keep down the flies in the coop. It is safe (natural) but it may kill even the bugs that you don't want to harm such as ladybugs and honey bees. So use it only in places where pests exist and it won't harm the friendly bugs.
  3. bigtooks

    bigtooks Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Norwalk, Ohio
    i heard that muscovy ducks are the "Mr. Miyagi's" of fly catching...i don't actually have any...but i did research them!!

    there are posts on byc for homemade fly traps...go to search and type fly trap
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2009
  4. Andora

    Andora Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    My two Pekin ducks chase the flies all over and gobble the ones they can grab with their bills.
  5. Violet22

    Violet22 Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    Central Coast, CA
    I don't know if I read it here or not, I have tried searching for it again but can't find it. Awhile back, I read a post somewhere, where the lady said she threw a big dog bone she got at the butcher's, in the duck pen and she said it attracted the flies and the ducks would eat them all. She said it really cut down on her fly population.
    This has always intrigued me, and I am curious if any one else has tried this. When my ducks go outside, I think I will have to try curiosity is killing me! [​IMG]
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Quote:I use the same method with DE, and yes if they can catch them they will feast, Junebugs are there favorite I think mainly because they fly so slow and low. I also made an all natural fly catcher/trap and after it has a few hundred in it I drain it and give the chickens a treat, they lose their minds over it.

  7. Freyja

    Freyja In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2009
    Central Coast, CA
    Quote:Do tell! How did you make the trap?
  8. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    Just my opinion (no one start yelling) but flies and their maggort have so many diseases I don't mind if my chickens catch one or 2 wouldn't give them a lot after they have been caught and are dead.

    For organic fly control ( I love Golden Malrin but it's not organic) I would go to they have a wonderful flycatcher that works very well and a mosquito catcher. Very reasonable and you don't have to worry about pesticides.

    They are a great company with reasonable shipping.

    Good luck!!!
  9. mmwb

    mmwb Songster

    Jul 2, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    I read an old farming book (circa 1930's) in which it suggested taking spoiled milk (to the point of somewhat curdled no doubt) and putting it out. Flys will lay eggs in the thousands in it. After it is covered with eggs, seal it up so it doesn't dry out. After a couple of days (however long the gestation time for fly egg to larva is, I suppose), you open it up and let the chickens at it. It is touted as a good way to decrease the overall number of flies in the area. They only have so many eggs to lay, and each maggot eaten by a chicken is one less future fly. Definately a protein rich treat for the birds. Any type of meat would also work, though fresh meat can attract a lot of wasps and they will make quick work of it without the flies being able to lay eggs.

    Here is a link to an article about multi use of chickens and supplemental feeding ideas to keep the cost of feed down:
  10. joey7319

    joey7319 In the Brooder

    May 29, 2009
    Stanardsville, Va
    I use the fly relief water traps for flys. They have no poison, just a sent to attract the flys to the bag, once inside they drown and add to the sent. I have two of them outside my coop and there are nearly no flys inside the coop. I got mine at the local co-op where I buy my feed.

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