1. Hi Darren
    About the eco-naturalure, I have and use this product up here in QLD. We are almost never without the QLD Fruit Fly as our winters are not cold enough to kill them. The product does work well, but it CAN kill other insects if they some in contact with the spray before it dries (although I would also think that after it dries there could be some issues as well). Really it all depends on where it is sprayed. If you spray it onto some flowers which are being pollinated by insects, then they will be killed. The manual has the statement “Dangerous to bees”, thus my comment about flowers. The manual also makes reference to other non-target insects like parasitoid wasps potentially being killed by the spray.
    With respect to the “withholding period”, none exists if you do not spray it onto the fruit, otherwise the same withholding periods apply. It is still a toxin, its just that the fruit fly attractant makes it more targeted.

    • @Jason: Good points. Those statements about being very targeted and having no withholding period only apply if it’s used as they recommend, spraying onto leaves towards the middle of the tree or onto boards hung in the tree. You’d need to be very careful about overspray getting onto flowers or fruit. Good to hear that you’ve found it effective!

  2. Congratulations! I’ll bet the mother hen will take good care of those chicks and not let any other chickens bother them. Our hen certainly did a good job of keeping 25 cockerels in check. 🙂

    • @Anna: The mother (named “Girlie” – not sure why I didn’t mention her name in the post!) has been very good so far. I’m going to try keeping them in the same pen with the other chickens, but they have an indoor enclosed area they can retreat to where the rooster can’t get to them (he’s too big to fit in the doorway!). I’ll be keeping a close eye out for trouble, but it’ll be a lot easier if we don’t have to move them to a separate pen.

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