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What do you do for flies?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Yolk Yolk, May 31, 2010.

  1. Yolk Yolk

    Yolk Yolk Hatching

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    I just got my chickens today and within hours, I had green house flies all over their poop? Do I live with them or is there some way to deal with them? My coop was perfectly clean when they arrived. I went out to check them and heard a serious buzzing noise. I couldn't believe it! Oh well. I'd rather have chickens and flies than no chickens at all. I love them already. Any suggestions?
     

  2. jeni51

    jeni51 In the Brooder

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    I bought a Victor Fly trap, no toxins add included powder, warm water and hang. Seems to be working.
     
  3. offdagridsoon

    offdagridsoon In the Brooder

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    Ducks. Get ducks. lol I'm not even kidding - we've had terrible cluster fly problems in this house for many years, and the first spring our Cayuga ducks were on the property and free ranging was the first year that there were hardly any cluster flies at all. They are absolute MACHINES when it comes to eating bugs!
     
  4. LadyinRed

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    Do you use pine shavings for bedding? It helps break the life cycle. When its fresh they lay eggs in the poop but it dries out so fast with the pine shavings that it makes the poop with fly eggs no good for the larvae.

    I failed to clean my shavings out a few weeks longer and it was getting moist longer and then there was a boom in the fly population. Back to my normal coop cleaning schedule for good.
     
  5. dulcimer lady

    dulcimer lady Songster

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    Sprinkling DE in the coop and run won't do anything for the already mature flies, but it will stop the life cycle of the eggs they lay. I just did this in my coop and run this morning.
     
  6. my3chickens

    my3chickens Songster

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    I just bought DE today, I have 3 chickens (6 weeks old), and my run is only 20 sq feet, any idea how much DE I use? No directions on the container. Also do I put it inside the coop?
     
  7. fours2many

    fours2many Songster

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    I have tried more pine, De and lyme, Adam's flee and tick spray (helped for a minute or 2). I have ducks in the same run. Still have severe case of flies. I am going to try the hanging traps that use pheromones from HD. Something has got to work!
     

  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    how much DE I use? No directions on the container. Also do I put it inside the coop?

    Just sprinkle some around inside, especially under the roost
    It will be a waste to put any outside, since it doesn't work when it's wet​
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    I am going to try the hanging traps that use pheromones from HD.

    That will just attract MORE flies.​
     
  10. fours2many

    fours2many Songster

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    Quote:That will just attract MORE flies.

    if I place the traps away from the coop, you don't think they will go there instead? I am at wits end. Was hoping this was the answer. I live in a very humid area, rains couple of times a day during the wet season, and we are in it! What else can I use?
     

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