Flying nat like things on/around chickens and in Coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicken legs, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. chicken legs

    chicken legs In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2007
    SW, CT
    what are these and do they carry disease? They're so tiny. Smaller than a fruit fly but with the same type of whispy behavior. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
  2. We get them some years, others not so much. I think you're right about them being some kind of gnat and if they are the same ones, they have a nasty little bite which itches and leaves a blood mark. You can rid your coop of them, by hanging a no-pest strip like those made by Vapona, Black Flag and Home Hardware. They cost about $11 and last at least 3 months. Won't hurt your birds.[​IMG]
  3. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    Sounds to me like black flies (also known as noseeums)! When I lived in MI we used to get them midstate and up each year around May-June. Nasty little buggers. Let the chickens eat em, won't hurt em and there'll be less around to bite you!
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2008

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