Flies and chickens

dirtgirldiana1(5)July 13, 2009

I've had my flock of 24 hens and 1 rooster for almost four months now. We have screen and metal mesh over the windows in the chicken coop to keep preditors out. I have noticed a lot of flies traped in the screen trying to get out. I leave the chicken door open all the time. So, I'm sure that's how they get in.

Will the flies cause problems with chickens. Do I need to do something to keep the flies down?



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I have 2 fly traps hanging in my chicken coup. They catch a lot of flies. I get them at Walmart.


I also sprayed a patch on the outside wall of their coup with Quickbayt. It is safe around poultry. I use the one that's dry in the bottle, you add water.



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    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 8:43AM
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There can be a problem if the chickens find where the flies are hatching and eat the maggots. They can develop a condition called Limberneck. Bot flies may also pose a threat to chicken health.

You probably need to clean and put down some shavings to absorb the moisture from the chicken droppings, especially under the roost.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2009 at 5:22PM
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