Mother Earth News writes about chicken keeping.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Peepthis541, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Songster

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
  2. tackyrama

    tackyrama Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Central Minnesota USA
    Mother is sometimes full of a lot of hog-wash! According to the article they had no ticks and fewer flies with a flock of chickens.


    This is our second summer with our flock of (right now) 90 some chickens. I see NO difference in the number of ticks and swarms more flies. Anyone who thinks that chicken poo does not attract flies they had better think again. My wife is a farm girl and I was familiar enough with farming to know that when we started our flock we would have flies. It's just part of farming, chickens are included as part of farming folks.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2009
  3. damselfish

    damselfish Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Well, can't really blame Mother since the statements about flies are all reader testimonials.

    I can vouch for the tick & grasshopper part for sure, though I'm not certain whether it's the chickens or the guineas eating most of them.

    Flies in the coop are a problem, & I've never seen a chicken or a guinea eat a fly. We're still working on our poop patrol/fly control routine.

    Interesting link, thanks for posting it.

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