Chickens can be dirty, they require scheduled clean-ups and proper care so that more illnesses can be avoided. Flies can be a constant problem during hot summer days, and there are many things around your coop that attract them. From the bad smell of feces to the moisture that can occur in your coop. Flies are dangerous illness carriers when it comes to chicken, and that is why we at the typesofchicken.com team for this article will give you a few tips on How to Protect Your Chicken Coop From Flies.
1. Keeping Your Coop Dry Is Crucial In Fly Prevention
Keeping your chicken coop as dry as possible will help you a lot in the process of preventing flies. Sand in your chicken coop can be helpful to achieve dryness. Sand will dry out any dropping which will prevent moisture and therefore won`t attract flies.
Removing the feces regularly and installing drainages can also be very useful for the process of preventing flies and keeping your coop dry.
2. Plants Are Your Allies In The Battle Against Flies
Planting some herbs around your coop is very helpful especially if you plant some plants that flies don’t like, such as Basil and Lavender. Also you can use dry or herbs in your coop and around your nesting boxes but make sure that you remove them and put a new batch every now and then.
3. There Are Fly Repellent Scents That Help
There are scents that flies don’t like, the scent of vinegar is a good example. Putting vanilla scented air fresheners is very useful, I honestly cannot explain why but they`ve helped me a lot through the hot summers of chicken keeping. Also some chicken keepers swear by the scent of chamomile but I cannot confirm that – yet, but you are welcomed to try.
4. The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Prevent Flies In Your Coop
Keeping your coop and your chickens clean. Taking care of the hygiene in and around your chickens and your coop is the most important thing to do in order to prevent flies. Regular dust baths and updating the schedule of the water baths for your chickens can help you to prevent flies a lot. Also your chicken coop clean-up schedule should be updated. Adding vinegar in both the water bathing of your chickens and the cleaning of your chicken coop is very helpful.
Cleaning after your chickens have eaten treats and played is very important. Make sure that you remove all the leftovers from the treats and feathers that your chicken leave behind. If you don’t know what to do with the extra feathers, check out this article.
When you clean your chickens take a good look at them, if there are any open wounds make sure that you treat them. And as we said before, maintaining hygiene is the most important thing you can do to help prevent flies in and out of your coop.
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