What about flies?

chrism

Songster
11 Years
Jan 17, 2009
114
5
128
Zone 7A Central Va.
I'm just getting started in my plans for a flock that'll be free ranged in a fenced in back yard. I'm concerned about the possibility of drawing flies. Does this become a problem?
 

bjash

Chirping
9 Years
Jun 5, 2010
111
2
89
Moline, MI
Not with chickens, it shouldn't. Even from being chicks, they'll have a strong interest to pursue anything flying close enough for them to snatch it up. I have my coop next to a pond that has an exorbinant amount of mosquitoes, deer flies, etc. They love it when a fly enters the enclosed run area (and quite comical to see an entire flock go stampeding after it).

I have noticed a decrease in the number of insects directly around the coop/run area recently (maybe they're getting smarter).
 

bturbo87

Songster
9 Years
Apr 22, 2010
405
3
119
south
if you do ens up with an issue shoot me a pm ive got a quick cheap fly trap that works great and i can get pics of.
 

chrism

Songster
11 Years
Jan 17, 2009
114
5
128
Zone 7A Central Va.
A decrease...awesome! I live pretty rural so ticks, deer flies and such can be a problem so I didn't want to find out after the fact that I made it worse.
 

bjash

Chirping
9 Years
Jun 5, 2010
111
2
89
Moline, MI
I can't say it's been a huge decrease, but they're definitely less near the coop (and almost none 'in' the coop/run). Makes it nice to be in there!
 

joletabey

SDWD!!!!
10 Years
Apr 9, 2009
4,266
7
221
western NC
My chickens need to talk to your chickens- they ignore the flies completely, and I have WAY more flies than usual.
 

FarmGirl01

Songster
11 Years
Feb 5, 2008
2,076
22
191
AR
I have a few more flies because the mules are close by. I just put up some sticky traps. My son likes to see what we catch.
 

Zahboo

Simply Stated
10 Years
Feb 3, 2009
4,439
32
231
Hope Mills, NC
The flies here are HORRIBLE. PLEASE post your trap! We have fly strips, fly bags and the little yellow cardboard sticky things and they are still bad. We've ousted the compost pile hoping to stop their breeding grounds.
 

tinahoak

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 22, 2010
83
0
29
Brockport, NY
my girls ignore the flies. I hang a stickie strip in the coop and I also make it a point to hose down their outside area at least everyother day to breakup the poops so the flies don't have anywhere to land for long
 

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