fly problem

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tim1970, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. tim1970

    tim1970 In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2007
    I am having problems with flys for the first time in my brooders. I am raising a 2nd batch of cornish x in one, and 15 turkeys in another. I am keeping the brooders in my barn like in the past, but all of the sudden flys have taken over.

    Does anyone have any hints on how to control them? I am keeping their bedding changed regularly cause their droppings is probably what the flys are after. I have some spray mixed up that works really well for my cows, that I thought about spraying on the bottom of the brooder. Do you think that would be safe?

    Any other ideas would be appreciated.


  2. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    I'm biased and vote for muscovies. I read somewhere that muscovies caught three times more flies than commercial traps and poisons. After watching our muscovies plant themselves down by some natural fly bait (wet food, a compost heap, etc) and happily catch flies out of the air to eat without even bothering to stand, I'm a believer.

    Before the muscovies we used fly strips and a plastic container half filled with water and bait. It had a hole large enough for flies to get in, but confused them if they tried to get back out. From there they drown and you dump them in the garden.

    Good luck.

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