SO many flies after vacation - problem?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by akhadley, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. akhadley

    akhadley In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2014
    I live on Guam and was just on a 5 week vacation. My neighbor was taking care of my two hens and one rooster... when I returned the coop and run weren't as clean as I had hoped it would be (but everyone here thinks I'm crazy with the time and energy I spend with on my chickens) with a fair amount of chicken poo everywhere. We also had about 3 tropical storms/almost typhoons which brought TONS of rain. 6-8 inches in one day during the most recent storm. So, my run and coop (but mostly the run) are just laden with flies of all sizes, types, colors, etc... They are all over the run. I do plan to add some compost and maybe pine shavings to their run to dry up the dirt. It isn't muddy but still a bit moist - things don't dry out very fast here. I've also raked everything out of the run and rake it every day now to try and air out the top layer of soil. I washed down their coop with apple cider vinegar and water so everything in their coop is clean again.

    So I'm mostly wondering - are large amounts of flies bad for chickens? Can it harm them in any way? There were flies before I left but no way was there was many as there are now. I move my hand near the ground and its like the ground is moving when they start flying. I just want to be sure that they won't get sick for any reason ... Advice? Would adding shavings to try and dry things up be enough maybe?
  2. 25eggfarm

    25eggfarm In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2014
    Put sand in the run to get it more dry and it is also good for them cus they take dirt baths in it and with the fly problem flys are ok for them:goodpost: to eat but they can make your chickens on happy after a wile so you shooed put a fly strip in they're and put it where they can't get stuck in it.

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