So, is it just me or are the flies out of control this year? I am thinking that the mild winter we had here in Oklahoma had something to do with that. We have had crazy numbers of flies at our house, inside and out.
The coop has been a particular problem. Part of the problem is that our flock has grown from 8 hens last summer to 34 chickens this summer. I’ve tried several “home remedies” including the fly traps that you make out of plastic bottles and hanging bags of pennies in water. We got things under control in the house, but nothing much has helped in the coop until a few weeks ago. I heard about this solution from some horse keepers, but I thought it was worth a try with my chickens. And so far the fly population seems to have dropped off significantly.
It’s a simple spray made of 2 cups of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap. I’ve been cleaning under the roosts a couple of times a week, and then misting this throughout the coop. I found a handy place to hang the bottle, and every day when I go out to gather eggs I spray a little bit more below the roosts. I don’t spray enough to soak things, just give it a good misting.
I like this also, because it’s handy to use a couple of spritzes when I’m cleaning a waterer. I mean, it’s just soap and vinegar, you could really use it to clean anything.
I’ve only been using this for about 6 weeks, but I thought I’d share it with you if you’d like to give it a try. It’s a cheap and easy solution. I hope it works for you.