I have noticed the flies especially bad in the chicken coop both in the hen house and in the run even though I clean it daily. Using a synthetic fly spray is not an option around the chickens. After all, they will eat the flies that have been sprayed and I just don't think it is healthy for them. Besides, what they eat, I'm sure we end up eating a bit of it through the eggs they lay.
After doing some research on the good ol' Internet I ran across an article that suggested to use whole cloves to repel flies. Hmmm, whole cloves huh? Well, okay. I'll give it a try.
The article said to use a nylon stocking, put some whole cloves in it and hang it in the area you don't want flies. Problem! I don't have any nylons!! But I do have baggies.
I poured some cloves into a baggie. Left the top open and used a thumbtack to secure it to the opening of the hen house.
There were still flies outside in the run area, but not a one inside.
And, now the hen house smells yummy! Ha Ha Reminds me of the holidays.
I had also read that chickens shouldn't eat a lot of flies due to the nastiness that flies carry and that the eggs can have salmonella in them caused from the hen eating too many nasty flies. Now I don't know how true that is.
Tip: Since the holidays are approaching. A lot of the grocery stores will offer cloves at buy one get one free.
If any of you try the clove trick, I would love to hear if it works for you.
Until next time............................