Fly Repelling Fresh Herb Wreath for your Chicken Coop


Flies are such a nuisance, not to mention the carriers of germs and diseases. But on a farm, you often can't (or won't) use chemical fly sprays around your animals. Fortunately, there are a whole host of herbs that help to repel flies naturally. Make this easy herbal wreath to hang in your coop, horse stall or even on the back door of your house to keep flies away this summer. 


Several weeks ago, my friend Brittany from Happy Days Farm made a living wreath using fresh herbs [Read HERE for her tutorial]. I really loved the idea and filed it away in the back of my head. So when I started thinking about new ways to keep our coop fly-free this week, it dawned on me - an herbal wreath made from fly-repelling herbs!


This wreath couldn't be easier to make and only requires a grapevine wreath form, some floral wire, ribbon and scissors - plus the herbs you are going to use. For my wreath I used fresh mint, lemon balm, basil, lavender, rosemary and thyme, but feel free to choose from this list any herbs that you have growing in your garden. All the herbs mentioned are edible so if your chickens eat them, that's okay too.

Herbs That Help Repel Flies

Basil    Bay Leaves      Bee Balm    Catnip     
Chamomile     Citronella (Lemon Grass)     Dill     Lavender     
Lemon Balm     Mint     Rosemary     Tansy     Thyme      Wormwood

*most of these herbs also help repel ants, mosquitoes, mice, and other pests as well 

Materials Needed:

8" grapevine wreath form
Green floral wire
Scissors
24" length of ribbon
Fresh herbs

To Do: 

You will need 7-8 bunches of herbs. (I used a selection of six different herbs for a nice variety.) Include a bit of each type of herb in each bunch and arrange them with the stems all pointing in the same direction.

Cut the floral wire into lengths 10-12" inches long, and wrap the center of a piece of wire around the base of each herbal bundle. Twist the wire to secure it, leaving two long ends that will be wrapped around the wreath form and twisted in the back to secure each bundle to the form.

Working clockwise, secure the bunches to the wreath form, overlapping the bundles so the tips of each bundle hides the stems of the previous one. When you are done, attach the ribbon to the top of your wreath to hang it from a hook or nail in your coop, on your back door or anywhere you want to keep fly-free.

If you want to make a pretty dried wreath, just lay the wreath on a flat surface until completely dry - in a week or so. This way the leaves won't droop as they dry. A dried wreath still makes a lovely decorative accent for your coop. (And after your fresh wreath dries out, crumble the herbs into the nesting boxes for continued insect protection!)

-assemble your materials-
-gather the herbs into bunches and twist floral wire around the base-
-leave 'tails' of wire on each end-
-once your bunches are assembled you're ready to start-
-twist the wire tails around the wreath form, overlapping each bunch-
-continue around the wreath form, attaching your bundles- 


-when you are finished, your wreath should look something like this-
-attach the ribbon to the wreath by looping it around the wreath and then tying a bow at the top-
-hopefully flies will think twice before flying in through this coop window!-

Here's all you need in addition to the herbs to make your own wreath:

 

For other natural fly repelling ideas click HERE.


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2 comments:

  1. I would love some help identifying some chicks--I believe the lady at the co-op mixed some up. :o( Though I've had chickens for a while, I haven't had that many breeds. (and please ignore my of-late sadly neglected blog) http://livelylatte.blogspot.com/2014/07/please-help-identify-new-chicks-on-block.html

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