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How to deal with flies round the chicken coop??

Created : 12:06 on 7th October 2010 by elcee1
Hi everyone. I have 6 chickens and one duck and am having trouble with flies. They are cleaned out regularly and have fresh bedding put down every other night. At the moment, I have built a big fenced area around the coop, and the chickens are out in this during the day and sleep in the coop at night. There are lots of flies around the coop all the time. Does anyone have any ideas how I could minimise the amount of flies? If it's bad now when it's winter, I am worried how bad it will be in the summer! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Many Thanks :)
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by pete-webster (0)
paint your coup (inside and outside) with hydrated lime, which you can get from any builders merchants. add water to lime till a thin paint consistancy is made, then use it just like paint. this is excellent becouse as it ages it becomes anti bacterial, and keeps all the really nasty bugs you dont want chickens to get (ie red mite) away. seems to keep the flies away from the inside of my coop really well.

this is an "OLD" method and you can google it to find out more info
by elcee1 (0)
Thank you for all the great advice. There are some good tips here and I will definitely be trying them out. I do think the amount of flies is strange tbh, but we live on a new housing estate which is unfinished (and has been for some time thanks to the recession) so our house backs onto unfinished houses, building materials, mud etc, so maybe that explains the unusual amount of flies? Maybe I should make the builder an offer for the unused land which has been standing there for the best part of four years- would make a great veggie plot lol!!! Anyway, I will be trying out some of the brill ideas and hopefully the issue will be resolved. Thanks everyone :)
by littlebrooksy (0)
Unless it is causing them to come into the house I wouldn't worry to much but lavender works well at keeping flys away we had it growing down the side of our coop and never had a problem with them (and we lived next to a diary farm so had loads about) not close enough for the chicken's can get hold of it and come winter you can dry the flower heads out and make money selling the lavendar bags they also keep other creepy crawleys away from your veg apparently not sure what creepys it keeps away I planted them because I love the smell and hides the chickens smell nicely the over turnt mud smell the rest was just a bonus

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by tia-maria (0)
You can buy a red top fly trap - you put water into the base and then add the bait (comes with it) then you place it away from the chicken coop and NOT near your house - the flies are attracted into it and die, the bait smells awful, hence not too near your house.

also hang (horizontaly) sticky fly tape in the coop :)
by amethyst-witch (0)
Hi try planting some Eucalyptus Gunni which not only stops the flys it has lots of other uses as well.,
by connaught (0)
I also have 6 chickens and do not have a problem with flies so was wondering if there could be another cause ie something dead that is attracting flies that is hidden somewhere?
by brian Adrian (0)
Hi there I also have ducks and a lot of flies in their houses I do find the ducks make a nice meal out of the flies! And they enjoy chasing the flies as well!

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