skeeters in waters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dynamike, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. dynamike

    dynamike Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2009
    How can i keep the skeeters out of my waters with out hurting the chickens? someone said cooking oil will stop them from hatching. [​IMG]
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    I doubt it'll hurt the birds but you sure don't need more around--just empty and refill the waterers every day or so.
  3. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girls drink from my water lily tanks, some of which have Mosquito Dunks in them.

    Mosquito dunks have Bacillus israelensis, which is to mosquito larvae what BT (Bacillus thurengensis) is to caterpillars.

    The package says it is safe to use around animals and birds.
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Vinegar or Chlorine can keep mosquitos from breeding
  5. jomercer

    jomercer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dump the old water, scrub the pan, rinse, and fill with clean water every three days.
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    There are various mosquito products out. Barely straw has been used in stock tanks or small ponds to stop critter and algae growth. Apple cider vinegar will work in plastic containers and is pretty effective for chicken waterers but takes a lot if we are talking stock tank size. I was using up a gallon a month on a 30gallon stock tank until some frogs decided it looked like a good breeding container and eliminated my mosquito problem for that area. If your water isn't chlorinated you can use chlorine but I prefer to avoid chemicals and like my well water because it's not chlorinated or fluoridated.
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Quote:This is what I'd use if changing the water every couple days is not an option.
  8. Swampwood

    Swampwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Krotz Springs, LA
    We add Apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of bleach per gallon of water.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010
  9. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    mosquito dunks all the way...We've used them all summer in the water sources and no larva.
  10. AllTheseCreatures

    AllTheseCreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    I strain them out and feed them to the angelfish. Free fish food.

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