House flies

Marie2020

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no, the problem isn't of needing poisons to control the flies, the problem is running any herd of animals in a confined space without rotating the space so that the crap coming out of the backend of the animals isn't causing too many flies to be hatched out after the animals have passed by.

in some places people have taken to using chickens to go in after the herd has mob grazed so that the chickens will pull apart the animal poop to get at the fly grubs.
I have to say, both you and @ducks4you have good heads on your shoulders. I'm actually learning here :)
 

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@flowerbug , so then how do you get rid of the flies that are attracted to the chicken poo?
if you rotate the cows and put the chickens in, then you rotate the chickens too and the rain takes care of that...

i forgot to mention that some areas are really lucky in that they have dung beetles which will clean up poo piles too.
 

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if you rotate the cows and put the chickens in, then you rotate the chickens too and the rain takes care of that...

i forgot to mention that some areas are really lucky in that they have dung beetles which will clean up poo piles too.
My next door neighbors own over 200 beef cows plus their calves on 1,000 acres of land. When the cows rotate near our 20 acres, they deposit quite a bit of manure with maggets galore. Your idea of chickens doing their job of scattering the cow manure for the larvae just is not practical as we have dozens of coyotes, red tailed hawks, as well as a number of bald eagles who tend to enjoy chicken for lunch. The land is grassland with centuries old Valley oaks from 50' - 100 yards apart... perfect nesting sights for these predators. Oh, by the way, when people dump their unwanted dogs and cats out to the country when they move... their lifespan is 3 days due to coyotes having them for lunch.
 
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