Fly's in the Duck coop!?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Khaki1, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Khaki1

    Khaki1 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2013
    Oregon Coast
    Does anyone else have a fly problem in the duck pen? My little flock has a 8x5 pen they stay in when we are at work (usually a couple hours in the afternoon and then overnight, let out in the morning). About half of it is dirt with the other half being a raised platform and a "A" frame nest/night house. They have a water bowl that is dumped (drains down hill away from the pen). I hose the platform every other day and I also spray the dirt part down to help break up the poo and drain it away. The problem is we have a LOT of flies in there. I thought that the ducks would eat the flies?? they don't seem to be eating them. Anyone know of any duck safe fly control??? I have a fly strip in there but it is not working. We are getting a stall mat to put on the dirt side of the pen and plan on using the wood pellets or pine shavings on top to prevent feet from being burned on it and absorb some of the water. This is their pen
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Just quickly going to Bing I found these Tractor Supply carries them too. I use them and they really do help.
  3. melissamerry

    melissamerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2012
    Goleta, California
    I hang basil plants in my run to keep the flies at bay. It definitely deters them.
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  4. Jenny77

    Jenny77 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2013
    Vanilla scented Christmas tree shaped air fresheners. Hang them up where they can't get wet. It really works.
  5. Khaki1

    Khaki1 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2013
    Oregon Coast
    Thank you! I got a fly trap and will try the basil. Prefer the natural easy if possible have top consider my mini horse as well. :)
  6. sherrik9

    sherrik9 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2012
    Lake Tapps, WA
    I ordered fly predators this season and haven't seen one fly. Can't remember the name of the place where I ordered them from and I'm not at home to check but if you google natural fly control you should find some web sites. The place I used sends me the parasite for the fly based on how many animals you have.

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