As promised earlier, we are back with the concluding part of this post on the various ways of reducing flies around our chicken coop or hen house.
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.
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.
11. Relocate the Compost Pile: Locate compost pile as far away from the chicken coop and chicken 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.
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.
- 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.
These are all the tips we have at our disposal for now but definitely not all. You can be privy to have more information on how to do away with flies in your coop. Kindly let us know in the comments section