fly control?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Puget Sounder FC, May 17, 2009.

  1. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Does anyone have the link to that homemade concouction that worked?

    I just spend a wad of cash on some strips and those stinky, awful smelling bags.

    We have chickens and horses (including three other neighbors with horses) around here, so the fly population gets large when it heats up. We had four days of nice weather and they were out. Fortunately today it is raining so they are gone again.
  2. I make my own fly catcher so don't worry to much about flies Marrie
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    anything to put on the shavings/straw/hay/chicken poop if you are going to compost that gets rid of the flies? Or do I have to bury it with a layer of topsoil? sorry to threadjack, but it is about flies [​IMG]
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Here's the fly trap I made last year:, except mine was made to be lethal for the flies.

    For bait, use some stinky, sticky cecal poo. Add about an inch of water. The flies will check in but they won't be able to get out. Leave it in the sun for extra killing power (sun = hot trap).

    Another option is to use rice wine vinegar, honey & water. Mix them up. The flies will be attracted to the smell & will drown in the water. BONUS: feeding pickled flies to chickens (I discovered this by accident last year & was [​IMG] while the chooks went [​IMG] ).
  5. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I think if you have less wet you have less fly larve, they dont like dry manure. I keep mine dry with pelleted bedding and i only just saw one fly a few days ago, there hasnt been any since....
  6. Puget Sounder FC

    Puget Sounder FC Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    Tacoma, WA
    Thank you for all the great suggestions. As soon as it warmed up they (the flies) came a swooping. Though the chickens did find it entertaining.
  7. Big E

    Big E New Egg

    Apr 10, 2009
    Will chickens eat fly maggots in their own poop? My coop is full of flies laying in the night soil of my 5 chickens. If I leave them cooped up a bit longer in the AM - before releasing them to free range - will the chickens begin to scratch and eat the fly eggs/larve inside the coop?
  8. frogs n chickens

    frogs n chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    valley springs, calif.
    I have put wire under the roost and a droppings board under that. I have a door on the side of the coop to remove and scrape the poop into the compost heap. I also sprinkle around food grade diatomacious earth and have no flys whatsoever in my coop. I even have my neighbors horses eating down my fields for me and no flies in the coop.
    I read about the DE on byc and am trying the deep litter method I learned here also; so far, so good; I even had the chickens cooped up for a full week while I was on vacation with no smell and no flies in the coop.[​IMG]
  9. Holly O

    Holly O Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Bergen Norway
    Homemade Fly Control Traps
    Empty one gallon milk container. Be sure to keep the cap. Cut four or five small holes all around about two inches down from where it starts to slope towards the cap (about where the center of the handle is.) Mix 1/4-cup syrup and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and pour into container. Fill to halfway with water and put on cap. Place a couple of these flytraps where the flies are thick. You will probably have to empty it out every other day or so. I would make new ones because I find emptying it to be pretty gross.

    Or try this
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2009
  10. Holly O

    Holly O Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Bergen Norway
    Homemade Fly Catchers
    Instead of buying fly catchers at the farm store.
    Take an empty two liter bottle
    Put a banana peel into the bottle
    Add 1 c. sugar
    1 c. cider vinegar
    Fill up to the curve of the neck with water. Put the lid on and shake. Remove the lid and tie twine on the neck and tie into a tree.
    This will fill up with flies like you wouldn't believe. When it is full just screw the lid on, cut it down and throw away.
    This will save lots of money.
    These are especially important if you have farm animals. Its amazing how great these work.

    Another one
    use some smooched cheese bits, soy sauce, water, and 3-4 orange segments, with the skin broken so the juice can come out. Total volume came out to about a 1/4 cup. 90-95% of flies were gone in less than 24 hours. no fermentation time needed (maybe the cheese or soy sauce sped up fermentation).

    use a small glass jar (like baby food size) and saran wrap with rubber bands to make the lid. poked 15-20 or so holes with a paperclip, stretching them out just a little, to make sure the bigger flies could crawl in. left the jar overnight. Sometimes shook/shifted spots elsewhere in the apartment to disturb flies where they were sitting, if it was not near the jar, to get them to find the jar faster.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2009

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by