1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Gnats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Shellystanley, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Shellystanley

    Shellystanley Out Of The Brooder

    66
    0
    41
    Apr 16, 2015
    I noticed today that my chickens are being swarmed with gnats. I checked for mites or lice and as far as I know we don't have an issue with that but there are sooo many gnats on them. What do I do about it?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    7,046
    709
    286
    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Do they free range or are they in a coop/run?

    Keeping the run and coop dry and air circulating may help some.

    Removing/managing waste and drying up damp areas.

    Depending on your setup you can use fans to keep the air moving in the coop and run.
    All of mine is covered, so I have a large outdoor fan (under cover) hung up that blows into the run, the chickens seem to like it especially since hot weather is here and flies/insects are kept at bay by the breeze. Also have a fan mounted in one of the windows of the coop (under cover).
    These are just a couple of things I do to try to help keep pests down, but I'm sure others will have some great ideas.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by