DIY Fly Strips + More Ways to Control Flies in your Coop and Run NATURALLY

 

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Chicken poop attracts flies, chicken feed attracts flies, standing water attracts flies, meat scraps and cut up fruits and veggies (i.e. chicken treats) attract flies. In short, if you have chickens, you’ll have flies. Spraying pesticide near your coop and run area isn’t an option obviously, so I would like to offer some natural ways to control your fly population.
 


I’ve tried many different commercial products as well as homemade recipes, and I prefer the homemade versions. Not only are they inexpensive and easy, I know exactly what is in them. I would like to share what works best for me.

 
I have learned that ‘layers’ of fly control offer the best protection against flies.  Obviously not leaving any puddles or standing water is important, as is removing uneaten feed, especially feed that has gotten wet, and sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) around the feeders and coop area.  Removing soiled litter from the coop regularly will also reduce your fly population.  Adding garlic powder and probiotic powder to your chickens’ feed can also make their excrement less attractive to flies.
 
In addition to taking the above basic steps against flies, there are two types of fly control products – those that repel flies and those that attract and trap flies.  Let’s start with the repellents.

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FEEDING THE GIRLS (CHICKENS) FROM YOUR KITCHEN

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FEEDING THE GIRLS FROM YOUR KITCHEN

Feeding the girls from your kitchen

Feeding the girls from your kitchen

 Did you know that there are many things you can feed your chickens that come straight from your kitchen? There are scraps that you might just throw away or put in a compost pile that your girls would love to get their wings on, hahaha! We’ve kept a compost pile for the last year or so, but since having the girls, I make sure to leave some leftovers for them instead of putting everything in the compost pile. They love when I give them extra treats besides their regular feed. :) In addition to the regular feed, extra calcium, and grit that you may give your girls, a wide variety of foods is beneficial for their health and their egg production.Food that you can feed your chickens:
  • variety of green plants/vegetables (if you grow a garden, you can set aside an area to grow greens for your girls – we’re doing that this year!)
  • vegetable peelings and ends
  • fruit rinds and skins (chickens LOVE watermelon/cantaloupe seeds and rinds)
  • fruits
  • cooked beans and pasta
  • oatmeal (dried or cooked)
  • plain yogurt
  • sunflower seeds (unsalted)
  • breads (of course!)