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Flies and chickens

Posted by dirtgirldiana1 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 13, 09 at 7:52

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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RE: Flies and chickens

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.

See the results in this post on my blog.

Here is a link that might be useful: MY BLOG

RE: Flies and chickens

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.

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