What do you use to keep the bugs down in the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some use DE and I've seen some say they use Sevin.

    Could I use sevin? Only one place (20 miles away) has DE that I've found. If so what kind of sevin should I use?
     
  2. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of bugs are you worried about?
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess mites and ticks, whatever isn't good for chickens to have or be around.
     
  4. HomesteaderMel

    HomesteaderMel Out Of The Brooder

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    I have bought DE online. www.bulkherbstore.com has a pretty good price.
    Also, tansy is supposed to deter insects. I would bet the chickens would eat it, though![​IMG]
     
  5. inohio

    inohio Out Of The Brooder

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    tractor supply sells a DE / benonite clay mixed product that is at least 51% DE based on the ingredients list
     
  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I'm kinda far from a tracator supply.
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I use DE and I clean the coop a few times a day. I haven't seen a single bug in the coop yet. Our coop is located inside our garage, so I need to keep it clean. I add the DE once every 2 weeks or so and a complete clean every 1-1.5 months. I have Sevin, but I not using any until necessary.
     
  8. So Cal Chick'ns

    So Cal Chick'ns Out Of The Brooder

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    Nicole? I have an unrelated question about your coop being in the garage. Does your flock (how many?) free range at all? Do you have a rooster, and if so, does keeping them in the garage keep the crowing somewhat at bay? Is your garage attached, or detached from your home?
    Sorry to ask so many questions, but I'm trying to possibly come up with a better answer to a small backyard coop issue. Many thanks!
     
  9. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also sprinkle a little seven dust in mine to be on the safe side. [​IMG]
     
  10. TexasAggieOfc

    TexasAggieOfc Out Of The Brooder

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    I use 3 guineas... ever since I introduced them to the coop, the bugs have been non-existent, and we had a bad fly problem at the start!
     

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