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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:09 am 
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I have a well-established flock who have just recently started acting a little 'odd' at roosting time. Like not going in till quite dark, and some finding new places to roost altogether.

Trying to sort out why this is happening there seems enough room for everyone, but I have realised there are a significant number of mozzies in there.

The coop is a converted cockie avery, it's very open 2 sides are wire-mesh, approx 12ft x 6ft x 7ft high. The 2 open sides I cover with a tarp during winter, and bad weather.

I was wondering if I could put one of those (mortine) auto spray thingos in there on the lowest setting, or will I gasout/poison all my girls ?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:13 pm 
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I wouldn't use a chemical spray. Apart from possible toxicity you will need to replace it constantly as the mossies will just keep breeding. Mossies like damp areas so make sure water containers are well away from the coop and that the litter is dry. If there are mossies inside, they will also be outside so it is probably not the reason they are avoiding sleeping there. I would check for red mite - run some paper along the perches/surfaces after dark and look for blood.
Another reason that chooks might be reluctant to sleep there is if there are rats.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:05 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:59 pm 
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You possibly use a pyrtherin based spray in the coop whilst the chooks are out free ranging, the mozzies more then likely will be hiding in the corner. I once had that problem bad until I removed the fish pond, look for any old stale water laying around for wriggerlies, remove the breeding source and the problem will greatly reduce..


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