I need mosquito advice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Keltara, May 18, 2011.

  1. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    I live in Michigan and we are having a bumper mosquito crop this spring [​IMG]. I am new to chickens and my 4 BO's are only 6 weeks old. They are "hopefully" moving to an outdoor coop this weekend. Is there anything I can do to protect my new precious babies from these relentless blood suckers? Is there anything safe to apply to them, and put in the coop?

    Here's my girls and with one of my children:
  2. chickcorner

    chickcorner Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2011
    I don't think you have to worry about them, Mine love running after them and jumping to eat them up, and they are only 3- weeks old.
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Dab real vanilla extract on their heads.

    Really. And yourself.

    It works!
  4. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Your daughter is beautiful [​IMG] She lloks so happy with her new friends [​IMG] Yes, I agree vanilla extract
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Mosquitoes can be a real concern as they spread illnesses, including fowl pox as well as various forms of encephalitis. Thoroughly spray the coop with a pesticide labeled for animal premises that is labeled to kill and/or repel mosquitoes. You may need to do this on a recurring basis during mosquito "season." Also consider covering the wire with insect screening.
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
  7. chickengal30

    chickengal30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2011
    West coast of Florida.
    Well Ive lernt something new....real vanilla extract huh? Worth a try, here in Fl when the rains get here, which will be soon we'll be swimming in them, so Im going to try it - thanks!
    Oh and btw, that pic of your daughter is adorable, you should submit it to a chicken magazine, catolouge (??) or something, its wonderful!!
  8. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I'm glad you asked that question because I expect we will get a bunch of mosquitoes here too (just north of Grand Rapids). I suppose I will take the advise of Sonoran Silkies and find a spray at TSC. I think I have seen sprays with permethrin which is good for mites but I would have to check if it works on mosquitoes.

    BTW, I looked at your BYC page and really enjoyed the photos. The whole family will continue to have fun with the buff orps as they grow up. I have found they are just as charming as adults!
  9. Mama_Chicken

    Mama_Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Statenville, Ga
    I think I may need to pour a whole bottle of vanilla over my own head!! [​IMG] We live a little West of the Okefenokee Swamp in the middle of all kind of tiny swamps... mosquito heaven!
  10. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Mine don't seem too interested in eating them and there are WAY too many anyway. I can only imagine what it would be like at night inside the coop when they are sleeping. That is when mosquitos are fully active. And my chickes would be sleeping them. Poor honeys.

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