This recipe uses vinegar and essential oils to deter flies in your coop.
What you will need:
- 1 Spray Bottle (Mine is 12 ounces)
- 2/3 Cup of White Vinegar
- 1 3/4 Cup of Water
- 10 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca) HERE ON AMAZON
- 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil HERE ON AMAZON
Combine the water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Next, add the essential oils into the mixture. Shake well and spray on the mist setting. Be sure to shake well before each use.
Essential Oils, therapeutic grade, can be a great addition to your chicken keeping arsenal of tools. They can be costly, however, I have found that the better the oil, the less you use. The oils store well and keep for a long time.
I have used this spray for over a year and have had no adverse side effects in my birds. To treat my coop, I mist the walls and nesting boxes. I spray the outside of the coop as well. The fine mist of the spray bottle is enough to diffuse the oils and vinegar around the coop deterring flies, while not soaking the bedding in your coop. This spray does not contain chemicals and will not last for days. Instead, I make it a part of my watering routine. When I go out to freshen up the water for the ladies, I bring my spray bottle and mist around in the coop. I have found that the spray does not kill the flies, but instead deters and lessens them. From problem levels to not really many at all.
With these tips and your trusty fly spray, your neighbors will love that you are controlling the flies that could be a problem. Your ladies will appreciate the cleanliness of your coop and run. Rewards are eggs and happy chickens. Those are all things that can not be beat in my book.