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DE is diatomacious earth.  For the chickens we use food grade. It's helpful with pest control and odor control, among lots of other things, and available at most farm stores or online.  I am one of those people who is most likely overdoing the cleaning routine.  One day I strip it down to bare surface, spread newspapers, pretty good layer of shavings over that, and clean the roosts, the waterer and feeder.  The next day I just scoop out the soiled litter, add fresh, clean the roosts, waterers and feeders, and call it good.  I alternate - one day the whole 9 yards, the next day just the litter.

In my defense, I have a two and half year old granddaugher with Spina Bifida and some other, less severe, health problems.  She is here almost every day. So if it comes down to a little extra work or her safety and well being, I'll over-clean any day!  
how much DE do you use?
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I got a couple of old watermelon boxes from Walmart placed a piece of wood in the bottom covered it with shavings.  Made a top with 1x3 boards and chicken wire.  Hang my heat lamp from the top.   So I have two brooders that fix about 26 chickens each until they are about four weeks, once feathered they go down stair into a small house inside the coop so they are introduced to the flock without getting hurt for about another three weeks.   I clean the brooder when ever it needs it. about once or twice a week.   

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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