Jun 11, 2013

15 Tips to Reduce FLIES Around the Chicken Coop

When keeping chickens or other animals, flies are an expected nuisance, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the overall fly population, thereby limiting the risks of disease they carry.
When keeping chickens or other animals, flies are an expected nuisance, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the overall fly population, thereby limiting the risks of disease they carry. Flies thrive in warm, moist, "fragrant" environments and different types of flies require different elimination tactics, making a multi-pronged strategy necessary. So...let's roll one out!
1. Remove the Poop: Promptly remove nightly droppings from the chicken coop. A droppings board is the best solution to this stinky fly attractant and it takes less than a minute daily to scrape it down & add the manure to the compost pile.
1. Remove the Poop: Promptly remove nightly droppings from the chicken coop. A droppings board is the best solution to this stinky fly attractant and it takes less than a minute daily to scrape it down & add the manure to the compost pile.
Promptly remove nightly droppings from the chicken coop. A droppings board is the best solution to this stinky fly attractant and it takes less than a minute daily to scrape it down & add the manure to the compost pile.
2. Sand for the Driest Coop Possible: Use sand as chicken coop litter and run ground cover. Sand coats droppings and dries them out, reducing odors and moisture simultaneously.
Use sand as chicken coop litter and run ground cover. Sand coats droppings and dries them out, reducing odors and moisture simultaneously.
3. Plant Warfare
  • Plant herbs around your coop and yard. Basil, lavender, mint and rosemary are all natural fly repellents.
  • Grow some carniverous plants that eat flies. 
Spice it Up: Herb it up is closer to the point: add herbs to your chicken coop- fresh or dried. I make Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion comprised of many insect-repellent herbs and sprinkle it in the nest boxes and coop.
4. Spice it Up: Herb it up is closer to the point: add herbs to your chicken coop- fresh or dried. I make Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion comprised of many insect-repellent herbs and sprinkle it in the nest boxes and coop.
Spice it Up: Herb it up is closer to the point: add herbs to your chicken coop- fresh or dried. I make Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion comprised of many insect-repellent herbs and sprinkle it in the nest boxes and coop.
I put fresh stalks of rosemary inside my chicken coop during the growing season.
I put fresh stalks of rosemary inside my chicken coop during the growing season.

5. Clean Up After Snack Time: When giving chickens sweet treats, especially when trying to help them beat the summer heat, don't leave sticky, sweet remnants behind that will attract flies. Clean up the rinds & compost them.
When giving chickens sweet treats, especially when trying to help them beat the summer heat, don't leave sticky, sweet remnants behind that will attract flies. Clean up the rinds & compost them.
6. Keep it Dry: Eliminate stagnant, warm, pooling water, which serves as breeding grounds for flies. Install drainage where necessary.
Eliminate stagnant, warm, pooling water, which serves as breeding grounds for flies. Install drainage where necessary.
7. Employ Insects:  Fly Predators are tiny, non-stinging wasps that eat fly larva so they have no chance of hatching & becoming adult pests. The challenge with Fly Predators is that chickens love eating them, so they must be strategically placed. 


8. Compost manure vertically instead of horizontally in a wide pile. This increases the compost temperature, expedites decomposition and minimizes the amount of surface area exposed and fly-attracting odors.
Compost manure vertically instead of horizontally in a wide pile. This increases the compost temperature, expedites decomposition and minimizes the amount of surface area exposed and fly-attracting odors.
9. Dial up Compost Temperature: Cover compost with black plastic sheeting to increase the temperature inside the pile. Flies like it warm, not hot. Turning the pile also keeps the pile cooking because the process requires oxygen.

10. Keep It Moving: Install fans to promote airflow inside the coop. It's tough to fly with a lot of air turbulence.
Install fans to promote airflow inside the coop. It's tough to fly with a lot of air turbulence.
11. Move Compost Pile: Locate compost pile as far away from the chicken coop and yard as practical. 

12. Eliminate Dirty, Wet Hay: Either compost soiled hay or spread it out on the ground on a sunny day to dry it out (moisture+ smell=fly attractant).

13.  Vanilla scented air fresheners. Some chicken-keepers swear by them. Read more about using them them here.

14. Fly traps. Each type of physical fly trap has its drawbacks: some are stinky, nasty to look at and some are costly, but most are effective to varying degrees.
  • The type of inexpensive, disposable trap shown below should be hung no higher than four feet from the ground. They're stinky, but they work. 
Each type of physical fly trap has its drawbacks: some are stinky, nasty to look at and some are costly, but most are effective to varying degrees.
  • The Epps Biting Fly Trap attracts flies that bonk into the unit, fall into soapy water and drown. My neighbor has been using hers for years and can't say enough good things about it. A visit to her chickens and horses is remarkably fly-free. You can see my neighbor's Epps unit in this photo behind Scooby, the white horse enjoying a dust bath. 
The Epps Biting Fly Trap attracts flies that bonk into the unit, fall into soapy water and drown. My neighbor has been using hers for years and can't say enough good things about it.
15. Biological Warfare: Use an all-natural, organic, live enzyme purifying/cleaning solution such as Farm 360 to expedite the decomposition of organic waste. By breaking down organic waste, odor-causing compounds are eliminated, ammonia is neutralized and the coop and yard are healthier for chickens to live in without those pesky flies around. 
Use an all-natural, organic, live enzyme purifying/cleaning solution such as Farm 360 to expedite the decomposition of organic waste. By breaking down organic waste, odor-causing compounds are eliminated, ammonia is neutralized and the coop and yard are healthier for chickens to live in without those pesky flies around.
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187 comments :

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  3. Elisha Rhoades6/11/13, 6:31 PM

    Thank you for the awesome ideas!!! We are having problems with flies from the chickens pooing around their area outside the coop. ty :D

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  7. Need fly control! It is not even hot yet, and they are already "bugging"me

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  8. great ideas, thanks

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  15. Jenn Werner-Williams6/11/13, 6:45 PM

    Last year we lost our never ending battle with flies. Thank you for sharing options and ideas!

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  20. Gregoria Bacus6/11/13, 7:06 PM

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  21. Elizabeth Lea Barnes6/11/13, 7:16 PM

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  22. Melissa Grover6/11/13, 7:23 PM

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  25. Ill have to go out and add some rosemary to the border around the chicken and duck yards! I have several different varieties of mint everywhere including surrounding my compost bins and I clean daily as well as use fly predators. Flies aren't as bad this year but, they are still here. :) thanks for the tips!

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  26. Dana Burton6/11/13, 7:54 PM

    Thanks for the fly info!!

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  27. Esther widgren6/11/13, 7:56 PM

    I'd love to give this a try. Flies are not a problem right now but I know the long summer will bring them in force! Thank you for a bunch of good tips to help!

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  28. Marjorie Henwood6/11/13, 8:10 PM

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  30. Flies are terrible around here this year. Would love to try this out

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  31. Joyce Cherrier6/11/13, 8:31 PM

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  33. thanks for the great post! I was just thinking of how to get rid of all of the flies today. will be putting soem of these ideas to use.

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  39. Tiffany Hayes6/12/13, 7:24 AM

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  41. TheChickenChick6/12/13, 7:58 AM

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  47. Margie DeCaro6/12/13, 12:03 PM

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  50. We are brand new to having chickens. In fact we just moved our first ladies to their coop. We would love to try this product! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  58. Carol Sibbel6/12/13, 8:07 PM

    The 1st time I read this blog topic I thought 'I don't have a fly problem'. But for some reason in the last week, the flies have been very bothersome. Not sure if it's because our spring in MN has been unusually wet. Would love to give Farm 360 a try.

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  59. Kris Kuhens6/12/13, 9:01 PM

    Do you know if this helps with gnats in addition to flis?

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  60. This is my first summer with chickens. Would love to try this out!

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  61. Kenna Rogers6/13/13, 2:25 AM

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  62. Wendy Montreuil6/13/13, 10:11 AM

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  63. hey it's my birthday today, so I would love to win something for the girls!

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  64. Love my chickens!

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  65. Carolynn Harwell6/13/13, 5:37 PM

    Entering. Just found your blog. It is great!

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  66. This sounds like a great solution to flys. We have been lucky so far and do not have a problem. I am sure once the chickens actually make it into the coop, the problems will arise. Thank you for sharing the opportunity with us to get a package of this free!

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  67. Hai Van Chung6/13/13, 8:15 PM

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  68. Windy Wallace Rodgers6/13/13, 8:19 PM

    Anyone who has flies....which is anyone would love to try this I am sure.

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  69. Andrea Burson Robbins6/13/13, 8:23 PM

    I would love to try this for my fly problem. :)

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  70. Michele Gonczar6/13/13, 8:28 PM

    Flies!!! I detest flies!!

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  71. Joyce Zaleski6/13/13, 8:30 PM

    Count me in :) Flies are always a problem. Thanks so much. queenb@epix.net

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  72. Constance Griffin6/13/13, 8:32 PM

    I hadn't heard of the Vanilla air freshener!! Going to keep that in mind. Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  73. Kathy King-Long6/13/13, 8:39 PM

    I would love to try these! :)

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  74. Christy Amburgey Asn6/13/13, 8:41 PM

    I will be trying all of these!

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  75. Gwen Murray6/13/13, 8:42 PM

    i so hate the fly's that come with have our lovely girls

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  76. Jackie Johnson6/13/13, 8:45 PM

    Sure would love to see the flies disappear!

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  77. TheChickenChick6/13/13, 8:50 PM

    Happy Birthday Tiffany!

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  78. Joyce Wilbur6/13/13, 8:51 PM

    I like to try the farm360.

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  79. Maria Reaser6/13/13, 8:53 PM

    Thank for the tips, hate those pesky things

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  80. TheChickenChick6/13/13, 9:00 PM

    I'm not sure, but the folks on the Gro2Max and FArm360 page are very helpful and will answer that question for you if you post it on their page.

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  81. Janet Rosenfield6/13/13, 9:10 PM

    Have tried the Vanilla Car Fresheners ... works when you first open it but after the scent diffuses they come back! Just bought some fly strips to hang around ... I also use the Wick Automated Air Fresheners with the fly repellents that you buy at the feed stores. Place them out of the way in the barns and coops and that helps keep the flies down in those areas.

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  82. Rachel Dennis6/13/13, 9:12 PM

    I like to give several of these ideas a try

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  83. Debbie Nuss6/13/13, 9:17 PM

    would love an opportunity to try this product....the flies are so annoying! already a fan on facebook! Thanks for so many wonderful tips!

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  84. I love most critters but flies, drive me crazy.

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  85. Ann Massarella Maxted6/13/13, 9:27 PM

    This would be awesome to try out!

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  86. Bye-bye flies!!!

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  87. Joyce Cherrier6/13/13, 9:45 PM

    Thank you! :)

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  88. Lesley Churchill6/14/13, 3:30 PM

    I have a question. I actually saw on your blog to use sand as bedding in the coop. I started using sand instead of wood shavings and the whole run is completely warn down... so that is all sand and dirt also. I haven't been letting them out into the yard much because our rooster is a stinker to catch or corral back in at night. Today I noticed that one of our girls has mites really bad! She all the sudden has a huge bald pink spot on her back near her tail and you can see the mites crawling around! I feel awful!!! Is it because it is so just dirt everywhere? I am having hubs get some mite dust on the way home and I am going to attack the whole coop tonight... burning the bedding... and vinegar washing everything. I just don't know if that is enough or if we need to change how we were keeping them! :( Thanks.

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  89. susan ladner6/14/13, 5:05 PM

    They are all great ideas. Thanks for them.

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  90. TheChickenChick6/14/13, 8:58 PM

    You'll need to treat the coop AND all of the chickens, not just the one affected. Chickens can get mites from birds passing by, I'm sure it's not the dirt.

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  91. TheChickenChick6/14/13, 9:13 PM

    Janet, try re-charging the air fresheners with pure vanilla extract.

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  92. I liked the composting manure vertically idea. You could do this as a square using the pallets or a triangle. Would make it easy to collect the compost when the time came. Thank you!

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  93. Kris, Neighbor Chick6/17/13, 10:15 AM

    What a great post! Down with flies!!

    Neighbors About
    Town Blog

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  94. Thank you for all your wonderful advice!

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  95. Susan Morford7/1/13, 9:45 AM

    Thank you so much for all your useful information! I will be returning the DE that I ordered today! I have all the herbs you mentioned growing either in pots on my patio or in my raised beds. I just need to move some things around and we'll see how it works!

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  96. TheChickenChick7/2/13, 12:42 AM

    Your chickens' respiratory systems will thank you. ;)

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  97. Sounds like a great
    ! I would like to try it!

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  98. Denise Allison Magil7/11/13, 7:33 PM

    thank you im sure my husband will love running a fan

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  99. Deborah Gray7/15/13, 11:20 AM

    Thank you so much that was very helpful :)

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  100. Ever heard of putting some water and pennies in a clear plastic bag and
    hanging it for fly control? Apparently flies see the pennies as very
    large compound eyes (that is HUGE FLY eyes) and avoid the bag.

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  101. What can I do to get rid of ants in my chicken coop? That's my coop in the picture, well the inside of it.

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  102. Desert Filly8/26/13, 11:57 AM

    Love some of the ideas...I live in the desert and moisture is not a problem here, thankfully, but there are other concerns. The only nit I have to pick is the fly traps. They use ATTRACTANTS...which means that they DRAW flies to the area. Which is NOT what you want. So if you must use traps put them away from your house, the chicken coop, the barn, etc. You probably are saying..."but that is what I want...so I can catch them!" Sigh...no, you are actually creating more of a problem. Believe me, please. I have horses and I have done the tests. Clean, clean, clean...is the best answer.

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  103. I use the vanilla hanging scents, it works for me.

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  104. Arliss Friend-Wells8/26/13, 3:50 PM

    We used to have flies bad in the chicken pen from the kitchen scraps but I started running it all through the blender and the chickens eat it so much better that way. Things I know they won't eat I put on the compost. I use the deep litter method inside the house and yesterday put two huge loads of grass clippings in. By the time I let the chickens out of a morning, they've stirred the litter up nicely and it doesn't stink or draw flies.

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  105. TheChickenChick8/27/13, 9:52 PM

    Right on!

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  106. Great tips! We love the vanilla air freshener it really works.

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  107. Darcy Salvadore10/19/13, 8:32 PM

    Thanks for fly info@

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  108. Hi, would you feed the dead flies to the chickens after catching them in the trap? I've been asking around but no one is giving me a straight answer

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  109. TheChickenChick12/4/13, 10:33 PM

    Not in the chemical traps and only in the water traps if the flies are fresh.

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  110. Becky Branham Dimon4/9/14, 12:55 PM

    Good Stuff!! Anyone ever heard of / tried the "pennies in water in a baggie" trick? Would love to hear your stories!

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  111. Ann Marie Wallace4/9/14, 1:14 PM

    Thanks again for all the great info you share

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  112. Nancy Lehmann4/9/14, 1:16 PM

    Great blog this time! And very timely! I will be deploying some of these solutions this summer!

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  113. Sharla Barnes4/9/14, 1:20 PM

    Can you use kitty litter instead of sand?

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  114. Great article! Gonna try the vanilla air fresheners, for sure!! Thanks, Kathy!

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  115. Jessica Huszar-Yoshimoto4/9/14, 9:36 PM

    Great tips! I need a poop catcher thing, I hate the daily cleaning part. Also, I'm horrible, I know, but my hens roost on top of the run at night a lot and that's a mess.

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  116. Terri McDonald4/13/14, 10:10 PM

    I Just started raising these 5 chickens due to my granddaughter. I used to breed yorkies but retired from that. Now I am in something I KNOW nothing about. I received my chicks when they were 3 days old and today they are exactly one month old. Feathers so pretty they each have there own little personality. They are bantams. I have kept them in a pen in my garage and very cold nights in a large doc carrier with light on them. I change their bedding everyday and water two three times a day and food at least twice a day..... They are so healthy. I purchased them a run and a coop with a run that I can attach. To put outside. My concern is ANTS I live on 3 acres and have ALOT OF fire ants. I will keep them close to my house but need know what I can do to keep them from getting bitten from these horrible things. I am scared to put out any pesticides for harming my baby checks. Any suggestions want to try to treat area before I place their home. Thank you Terri

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  117. I have a HUGE co concern with how to keep my chickens cool??? I live in Arizona where it's VERY hot in the summer, what can I do to keep them cool??? PLEASE help!!!

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  118. TheChickenChick4/16/14, 12:52 AM

    Here you go, Sophenia: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/beat-heat-how-to-help-chickens-survive.html

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  119. definitely working on a planting theme once we get everything in the right place and fenced

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  120. Chicken Gal5/2/14, 11:00 PM

    This is So helpful! I will come back to this again and again!
    Thank you!

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  121. Cathy Smith5/3/14, 2:40 PM

    Thank you for the info.. never thought about the flies.. this was very helpful.

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  122. Kathi Brill5/8/14, 9:27 AM

    I really enjoy all your helpful and interesting tips!! thank you!

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  123. Kathi Brill5/8/14, 9:28 AM

    I see it at the farmers market all the time
    seems to work.

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  124. Very helpful. I dry herbs and mints. Never thought of the vanilla air freshener.

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  125. Doris Perkins5/8/14, 10:10 AM

    I turned a child's playhouse into one of the coops for the hens. I was on another blog where the person put an under the bed plastic storage container/or 2 small ones under the roosts so that they could be pulled and washed out, instead of yanking all of the hay or nesting substance out!

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  126. Great info to consider while we are still in the planning stages for our coop and chickens.

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  127. Shanna Bolerjack5/8/14, 11:19 AM

    I'm still looking for a good coop design that I can follow like flat pack instructions. Anyone know where I can get one?

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  128. I followed the link to amazon for the Epps fly trap. It was unavailable and had one rating - one star.

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  129. Melinda Stemmer5/8/14, 2:14 PM

    Oh my goodness! I have been looking for something like this for a while! I can't wait to get started on these remedies! Thank you for the post!

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  130. Ooooo...great tips! Gotta get on that before things get out of hand... Thanks again!!

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  131. Stephen Sofley5/8/14, 3:07 PM

    Planted mint, a lot of it. Buying basil and rosemary today.

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  132. Another great posting, as usual! thank you for all the great info!

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  133. Hazel Tarr5/8/14, 8:25 PM

    We had a small , abt 150 X 40 fenced in chicken pen when we lived in CA. We spead hay or straw on the ground and the pool man told me he would bring an extra bag of diatomasious earth (not sure of the spelling) for me to sprinkle on the straw to kill the
    flies. I think it was ground up sea shells . It was used in the filter of the pool. I used it for years and never had a fly problem.

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  134. Interesting,. What is the farm 360 composed of?

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  135. Jen Coghlan5/8/14, 10:23 PM

    I am going to try putting sand on the floor and sticking rosemary rosemary in the nest boxes. I just love rosemary and plant tons of it!

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  136. Oh these are great tips! Awesome!

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  137. Pool DE is NOT SAFE for use around chickens! Only food grade DE should be considered for limited use in coops, Hazel. The stuff the pool guy uses is TOXIC to animals.

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  138. Hazel Tarr5/9/14, 2:03 PM

    It must be different now than 30 years ago, I used it for 20 years, so did several others in the area and we had no problem

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  139. nikkichicki5/9/14, 7:17 PM

    So is it ok to plant the herbs around the outside of my run so we can keep the flies down and the chickens can nibble on them?

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  140. What's the best way to get rid of smell around coop? I have a small coop with three hens. Any ideas????

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  141. Interesting ideas. We have ground in the space we have creadted a little run for the chickens that gets very muddy in rain. We are planning on moving in a year so don't want to do the drainage. Is sand outside OK or would you suggest something else? Noticed flies starting today and want to sort them asap.
    Thanks for any reply

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  142. By keeping it clean. Pick up the droppings, compost them properly and use sand in the run.

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  143. Sand is excellent outside too. I recommend a nice, deep layer especially if you have a lot of rain.

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  144. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling5/19/14, 10:46 AM

    Great ideas. Thank you!

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  145. Lisa Sutton Killian5/19/14, 11:11 AM

    Going for sand this year for my coop!

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  146. Brandy Nieland5/19/14, 11:11 AM

    Awesome.

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  147. Andrea Kibler5/19/14, 11:15 AM

    Gonna try the vanilla air freshener ��

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  148. Mary Baker Savage5/19/14, 11:52 AM

    What kind of sand do you use. I read several conflicting stories about playground sand, river sand, washed sand, etc? I am ready to put sand in my runs.

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  149. Can you use cat litter in a coop to absorb the smell and dry out poop in between cleanings? I've been using clean shavings in the coop-- how about if I mix cat litter with it.

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  150. Just an FYI: I used a type of a trap and toss and for me all that did was create more fly because as it fills the flies didn't die they just created larvae and more flies. it was so gross. And it stunk like an old meat grease collection. I had to put it in several bags and we took it to a public dumpster to dispose of.

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  151. I have sand in my outside run as well. Just like you said..it is so easy to keep clean. The chickens all sleep outside in covered run from now until late fall, and free-range during the day, so my clean-up is quickly done each a.m. I plan on using your idea of the herbs as well.... :)

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  152. I use lots of herbs planted around my coop and sand in the run. The Rosemary inside sounds like a great idea. I love the smell and here in Georgia my three Rosemary plants are growing by leaps and bounds so I have plenty to use in my coop.

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  153. I loved your herb idea. What can I do to keep my girls from eating them? In two days they mowed the cilantro to a stubble and gleaned all the leaves from my basil in each planter. They were so pretty and I thought, functional too. I really love them around the coop and don't want to relocate the planters out of reach from the girls. Any suggestions Chicken Chick?

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  154. You have to experiment with different herbs. Mine won't eat mint, sage or rosemary.

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  155. Beverly Frantz6/13/14, 6:48 PM

    Fly Predators are a VERY effective means of fly control. To prevent chickens from eating them before they emerge, hang container they are shipped in above the ground, out of the chicken's reach.

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  156. I put out some rosemary branches and catnip and I think my little pigglets, I mean hens ate it..... :-)

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  157. Do you remember the original The Fly movie?? Haha! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzTGSKNjrp4

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  158. I honestly wouldn't want my chickens eating those.

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  159. Love your suggestions!

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  160. Tasha Thornhill6/13/14, 10:25 PM

    I am not currently having a fly issue so for that I am thankful. Tonight I did put some fresh mint, sage and lemon balm into my coop, I thought it would give a fresh smell to the area. I will be curious to see I. The morning if my girls have eaten any of it or not. I am so glad I took your recommendation for using sand in the coop, I think it makes all the difference. Thank you again Kathy for all your blogging knowledge and for always listening

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  161. At our old house there was a field with horses next door and we would have these huge flies that would hang around our patio door. I read in a children's book about colonial living that they used "rue for the pesky flies around the manure piles." I bought some rue (Ruta graveolens) and put it in little cloth drawstring bags to hang on nails up in the patio eaves. No more flies. Although used in some food dishes in other countries, it can be poisonous when taken in large doses so I would be afraid your chickens would eat it.

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  162. first time here at your site and really like it!!! I'm new at this. Have two roosters and 4 hens and 5 little ones who are 31/2 weeks. Flies are starting to come around, yuk. I will try the herbs. Thanks!!

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  163. It's my understanding that using the deep litter method keeps flies down, too, as long as you have plenty of "browns" (carbon rich compost material) to keep it cooking... Seems to work for me, anyway: I have far fewer flies this summer, with my deep litter working well, than last summer when I was just beginning to create the litter.

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  164. Angela Nelson-Patterson6/27/14, 12:26 PM

    My flie problem has been controlled with my chickens but now I have the flies tearing up my poor Boxer/English Bulldog. I dont know what to do for him. We have tried a few things but its not working! I feel so sorry for the big guy! He looks so pitiful!

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  165. Ruth Mizzell6/27/14, 3:01 PM

    I tried the sand method and the girls avoid the coop entirely

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  166. Using sand in my chicken coops and cleaning them out every morning has been the best advice that I have ever had. I used to use wood shavings and would have to clean out my coops once every week. I love that it only takes me about 5 minutes to sift through the sand in each of my coops and the flies are non existant, now. Thanks for the tip.

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  167. Another thing that I do: My chickens free range in my entire back yard. I go around the yard and "spray disintegrate" their poop every morning while I am watering my plants. That has really cut down on the flies....along with the sand in their chicken coops (they are only in their coops at night to sleep).

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  168. thekibblegoddess6/27/14, 9:36 PM

    Do NOT use clumping litter. If the chickens eat it, and they will, it clumps in their GI tract and can kill them. The regular litter is OK. Builder's sand is even better and cheaper than litter. It will eventually sift down below the shavings, but you can mix it in to transition from shavings to sand.

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  169. Thank you for your Excellent Article on reducing flies in and around the chicken coop. My husband has one question.... "What breed of chicken is the chicken saying..... "15 tips for reducing flies in and around the chicken coop." Of course.... He wants one!! hahahahahaha.... Oh yeah... we like the fly article too!! hahahahahah!!

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  170. She's a Speckled Sussex, Janet.

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  171. Jackie Holland6/29/14, 11:32 PM

    I have a major problem with mosquitoes inside my coop espically in the area where my girls lay their eggs .any ideas on how take care of them they tear me up while geathering eggs and I know it can't be good for my babies HELP!!!

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  172. Jan O'Connell7/3/14, 8:48 PM

    Here in Florida we have had so much rain that the flies are bad this year. Our LGD has been attacked in the fold of his ears and I battle daily to keep them off his ears. I have tried Wound Kote and Desitin. Help! I could really use this

    Vetericyn VF Wound & Infection Treatment package!

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  173. Darlene Nocek7/4/14, 9:23 AM

    My 12 week chicks have eaten all the grass in their run and now it's all hard, rocky and compacted because of all the rain. So every morning I have to go scoop the poop and garden weasel it to loosen the ground. By the end of the day the flies are bad again! Will the builders sand help and not get compacted like the regular dirt thats in there?

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  174. It's called different things around the country, as long as it is naturally occurring sand and not manufactured, it'll be okay. You do want it to contain particles of various sizes though. This article shows what you're looking for: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/chicken-coop-bedding-sand-litter.html

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  175. Darlene Nocek7/4/14, 4:32 PM

    Thank You So Much!!




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  176. Darlene Nocek7/4/14, 4:34 PM

    Thank You!

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  177. Try using Swat. It is made for horses and cattle. It is an ointment you can apply as needed. It is amazing!!!! Won't harm any animal you put it on.

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  178. Weststone Australian Shepherds7/7/14, 3:07 PM

    When you say use sand in the coop does that mean in the run as well?

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  179. I use sand in my coops and in my runs.

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  180. EastTexasChicklet7/10/14, 7:12 PM

    Do you spread the Farm 360 around in the pen or apply it to the compost, or both?

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  181. Julie Guess Brooks7/12/14, 5:09 AM

    As always, thank you!

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  182. Florida Gardener7/16/14, 12:58 PM

    Amazon sells Victor product that works like crazy. Victor M380 Fly Magnet 1-Quart Reusable Trap With Bait

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