Fly control - I need your opinion please

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chuckzoo, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I have a small coop and run ~ 80Sq ft run and 4 chickens. I don't have many flies at the moment because I clean the coop and run 2x daily but I will be away for 2 months and would like to maintain it well, including flies. My husband will do the cleaning while I am gone. I don't want any smell and would certainly like to keep flies down too.

    Has any one tried this;

    it safe to use around chickens and how effective is it?

    I recently read about people putting vanilla airfreshers strips in the runs and coop - how well does that work?
  2. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Songster

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    2x a day? holy smokes!! good for you.. but im tired just reading that!!! but i have about 88+
  3. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    Quote:I don't know about usig them with chickens - but my parents used to have them in their barn to keep flies down. They end up getting packed full of dust around the sprayer and only worked for a few months and really only kept flies away in the immeadiate area under the sprayer becuase they didn't spray very far or wide. Of course they had them about 9 years ago so the design might be better now.

    I use Spalding Fly Predators - jsut don't sprinkle them where the hens can eat them [​IMG] I sprinkle them in the leaf composter next to the coop and that seems to work. SPrinkling the run with food grade diotomacious earth each time I clean seems to help. I only rake out my coop once a week and I have very few flies now that I have started using the combination approach. I have 4 hens that are 23 weeks old and 2 that are 8 week olds.

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