When keeping chickens or other animals, flies are an expected nuisance, and steps should be taken to reduce the overall fly population to limit 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.
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.
3. Plant Warfare:
- Grow some carniverous plants that eat flies.
- While planting herbs around the coop makes for lovely landscaping, herbs like lavender, mint and rosemary do not repel flies, mosquitoes, mites or lice. However, herbs like the basil plant does repel them.
You can see from these photos that my mint, basil and thyme flourish in my chicken yard- my chickens do eat them..
4. Spice it Up: Herb it up is closer to the point: add herbs to your chicken coop- fresh or dried. Make Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion comprised of many aromatic herbs and sprinkle it in the nest boxes and coop. They can’t hurt and a limited population of easily offended insects may find them offensive, but don’t bet on it.
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.
6. Keep it Dry: Eliminate stagnant, warm, pooling water, which serves as breeding grounds for flies. Install drainage where necessary. See #1: Remove the poop!
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.
These are not all the tips but we are putting up the concluding part very soon. Do you have your own experience you might want to share? Feel free to do so using the comment box.