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Infestations of flies Prevention
1- Confirms that the chicken is well constructed to prevent it from becoming a haven for flies. It must be well ventilated, well insulated walls and around the house should be elevated above ground level, even a few inches. The floor must be smooth, without holes. Keep the door locked at night also prevents flies from entering.
2- Clean the litter as often as necessary to prevent that is too wet or damp as these conditions create an ideal environment for raising flies. If you replace the litter every month and still seems too wet, you may need more frequent cleaning. Make sure that water and food are well contained and the surrounding area is as clean as possible.
3- Encourage your chickens feed on insects quickly. They naturally love to eat insects and are able to eat in three stages.
4- Place sticky traps flies around the henhouse chickens in places where they do not interfere with them. Hanging traps act as a site for flies to land halfway up. Glue boards should be placed where the chickens can not stand on or trip accident. Although not recommended for large-scale infestation of Venus flytrap plants are natural predators of these insects.
5- Let your chickens inside their house during the day and allow them to go outside at night during the lifecycle active midges. Because the midges are active during the day, your chickens can remain protected within the limits of their coop.
6- Dust off your chickens with a form of permethrin 10 percent if attacked by midges. Wear gloves and sprinkle the dust of the permethrin on the surface of the head, back and belly and under their wings. Follow the recommendations of the bottle to a safe dosage.
Tips & Warnings
Even after the fly population has decreased, it maintains the precautionary measures regularly cleaning and traps in and around the corral.
Consider the chemical insecticides as a last resort. Start with the most cost effective residual spraying in the spring, which is when the fly season begins. Avoid spraying in or on food and water. Read all labels and instructions before purchasing these items to prevent damage to the chickens.