Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by slystr, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. slystr

    slystr Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Dallas TX
    I have a tractor and I put wood shavings down once a week and chovel the entire thing once a month. But I have FLYS like nobody's buisness!Inside the tractor they aren't so bad, I guess the birds eat them but outside on the ground it is insane! If there is a poop on the ground the flys are all over it like , well you know. I use sweet PZD in the coop. How do YOu deal with the flys?
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    We buy those disposable plastic fly traps. Works well for us.
  3. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The Sunny South
    I faced this SAME exact condition! I asked my feedstore to order food grade DE for me and got a bag. I lightly sprinkled it in the coop and a bit in the fenced run, and I also offer a bit sprinkled in their food every other day.

    I KID YOU NOT-I only saw TWO flies today!
    It took about a week for it to kick in, but that stuff works! I was very skeptical about it getting rid of the flies because we were literally swarmed by them. But, now I have living proof that the DE works and I consider it one of my chicken essentials (like feed and straw).

    I had asked myself the same question, and basically figured that I would have to live with the swarms of flies as part of chicken ownership. I am so glad to know I don't have to share my yard with them anymore [​IMG]
  4. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    The DE is working for me too. We had scads of flies! It took a week or so of being in their feed along with on the ground, but it's working good now. Today I only saw a couple of flies. And we switched from hay to shavings in the house, with DE sprinkled on top, and there was only one fly in there yesterday!

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