Oh the FLIES are killing me!!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by misidawnrn, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. misidawnrn

    misidawnrn Out Of The Brooder

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    What on Earth can I do to rid myself of the plague of flies, besides wait until winter??? HELP!!!
     
  2. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I pick up poop daily and hang vanilla car scents (the little tree shaped ones) everywhere -- that seems to help.
     
  3. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know where you live but I am just waiting here in central PA for that first frost. I was out with my chickens last evening and I was getting swarmed by gnats. They just won't give up this year [​IMG] I think I remember reading on here about using vanilla air fresheners in your coop and run to repel flies. Try doing a search for that and see what turns up.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I pick up the poop through out the day. I use DE in the coop and we have had zero flies.
     
  5. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, a combination of vanilla air fresheners and DE in the coop and run. Practically no flies.
     
  6. 7kids12hens

    7kids12hens Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely the DE. Put in the feed and after about 7 days, it breaks the lifecycle of the fly bc the eggs can't hatch on the poop when you feed the DE. Www.wolfcreekranch.com has good info about it, and there's tons of info about the DE on the internet. Just Google it. Use care not to breathe the dust if you start using it. Make sure its food grade. [​IMG]
     
  7. atomic_chicken

    atomic_chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I just realized that there are also no more flies in my run!! I just put a dust bath in for my birds and added some DE and the birds spread it all over the place. It does the trick. I wish I did it in the spring!
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely the DE. Put in the feed and after about 7 days, it breaks the lifecycle of the fly bc the eggs can't hatch on the poop when you feed the DE. Www.wolfcreekranch.com has good info about it, and there's tons of info about the DE on the internet. Just Google it. Use care not to breathe the dust if you start using it. Make sure its food grade.

    It goes to work faster if you just spread it on the ground, since passing it through the chickens first
    doesn't provide any advantage.​
     
  9. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like some of the others, I clean daily and bury the poop in my garden. Fly less around her and stink less too.[​IMG]
     
  10. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some muscovys. Mine snatch flies right out of the air.
     

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