mosquito repellent for inside coop?

LindsayB

Songster
11 Years
Apr 26, 2008
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Cypress, Texas
I was just wondering if there were any safe mosquito repellents to used around chickens. I was thinking about hanging one of the thermacell mosquito repellents inside coop and in the run. We have a BIG mosquito problem here right now.
 

squeakyballs

Songster
10 Years
Feb 7, 2009
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I've never heard of those, but they have good reviews on google! Give it a try and let me know if it works. I don't see how it could hurt the chickens, unless it caught something on fire.

I set out containers of water at night, and dump them out onto the hot ground the next day (and I make sure to change the chicken and bunny water bowls too). My reasoning is that it will encourage the mosquitoes to lay their eggs in a place where I can destroy them. There are still mosquitoes though.
 

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
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DFW
Birds have very sensitive respiratory systems. Personally, I wouldn't risk something like this inside the coop. I think your safest option is to simply screen the vents.
 

noodleroo

Snuggles with Chickens
9 Years
Apr 29, 2010
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Rockport, Tx
I don't like commercial repellants for me or the animals. You might make some 'orange oil spray' and use that in and around the coop. You can make it by filling a mason jar with orange peel and pulp then filling it with water, sealing it and letting it sit for about a week. Strain the liquid and mix it about 1 part orange oil liquid to 10 parts water. Don't use 'orange essential oil'; its too strong. Mosquitos and lots of other bad bugs hate citrus.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I guess I'm sort of lucky - my chickens catch mosquitos! I say "sort of" because I welt up BAD from a single bite, and those little flying monsters really like me.

I also keep mosquito fish in my goldfish ponds, fountains AND in the duck pool. (They breed so well in the goldfish ponds I can replace the ones the ducks eat whilst swimming in their pool.)

I'm worried about using any kind of chemicals.
 

Supermommy486

Songster
9 Years
Apr 8, 2010
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South Central Texas
In right there with ya (At least in state) and MAN... the things are BAD. My chickens I hope are catching some but there are still tons. Going to have to try the orange spray trick!!!
 

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