Getting rid of flies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdman74, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. birdman74

    birdman74 New Egg

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    We recently built a chicken tractor and got a couple hens. Since then our back yard has become a fly haven.

    Does anyone have advice to safely keep the flies away????
     
  2. pookiegoldman

    pookiegoldman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I didn't check, but if its about the vanilla air freshners, they work even when WE can't smell them anymore. I have had some up for a month and still probably 10 flies in the whole barn. Wonderful tip!!!
     
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep...it's Magic Tree Vanillaroma air fresheners. Hang 'em high and hang 'em low. Flies will be gone forever. Refresh them every couple of weeks with a spray from an aerosol can of the same stuff.

    Absolutely amazing!!
     
  6. forrestacres

    forrestacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! The vanilla trees work wonders.
     
  7. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an ark style coop too, and maybe I just didn't give those little trees enough chance????
    I didn't have much luck- there isn't anywhere inside the coop to hang them that the chooks can't get to them, so I hung it off one of the handles and didn't notice any difference in the flies... [​IMG]
    I have the dead body hanging stinky bags and they are getting old REAL quick. Sick of the smell, they look wretched, and they are expensive!!! Plus in my small yard, I almost think they bring MORE flies?!
    Should I try again with the vanillaroma trees? How many should I use and where and what happens if they get wet? This happened to me- it was rainy for a while. The ark is over grass too- would it be better over sand? Does that attract less flies???
    I HATE THEM!!!
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would hang at least 3 or 4 in a 4X8 space.
     
  9. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks judy,
    I'm trying them again this weekend!
     
  10. Whimsy

    Whimsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amazingly the trees work!!!!
     

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