What are the thoughts on painting white wash on the inner plywood walls and ceiling. Any good recipes?
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I use a food grade Diatomaceous Earth white wash in our coops, mainly for the roosts(dries the pooh faster and preventice mite/lice problems). It's also a good ant deterrent.
Recipe:White Wash recipe: 1 Cup food grade DE to 1/2 gallon of water. Stir often.
Hope this helps!
Thanks Dawn, I hadn't thought of Diatomaceous Earth.I had a lime base paint in mind. Your recipe sounds easier as it is similar to using Timbor and I can spray that with a garden sprayer .I wonder how chickens do with boric acid? How often do you reapply to the roost? Do you use it on the walls, ceiling,floor, laying boxes? kimpaw
Dawn, I guess I should have gone to your DE page before I asked more questions. So I see where you use it. I did not see mention of spraying walls or ceiling. Also another question came to mind that did not seem to be mentioned. What happens when the DE enters the compost operation? after compost I assume it will end up in the food garden still as DE and do what it does kill bugs,good and bad. So the question seems to be do I want DE in my garden soil. Kimpaw
Check out the Wolf Creek Ranch food grade DE page. About halfway down, it discusses using it in the garden. Yes, it does kill both good and bad bugs and there are concerns over what it will do to the already troubled honey bee population. I've never seen the bees hanging around the areas that I use it (as I stated on my page). As far as the compost pile, it doesn't harm earth worms and it is safe for human/animal consumption. I add it to our dog/chicken/rabbit feed and had taken it myself for awhile (which I need to start doing again).
I have TekFoil on the walls and ceiling of the coop(for insulation), that's why I don't use the white wash on them.
I'm not here to convince anyone that they should use food grade DE, just putting the info out their from my (positive) experiences with it.
Sorry to jump in on the conversation so late....where can someone get food grade DE? I am very interested in white washing the roosts after seeing your discussion.
I thought I would try to post a link to some lime based white washes that I found.
This one uses no salt www.thefreelibrary.com/Homemade+white+wash+recipe.-a0126554769
This one does use salt www.backwoodshome.com/letters/letters91.html
I wonder what the salt does?
this one uses all sorts of stuff including powdered spanish whiting. What do you suppose that is? www.backwoodshome.com/letters/letters91.html
If these don't come up as links, maybe some can give me a tip. Kimpaw
I guess that works except I put in the wrong http for recipe #3 . It should be/books.google.com/books?id=bRgLAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA300&lpg=PA300&dq=whitewash+recipe+for+chicken+coop&source=web&ots=xWQWQcPg_a&sig=M7W7revABJs-YCerQM4ikxl_k3s&hl=en
I guess that last link is beyond my abilities.
1/2 bu. lime slaked with boiling water
1/2 peck salt dissolved in warm water
3lbs ground rice boiled to a fine paste
1/2 lb powdered spanish whiting
1 lb. clear glue dissolved in warm water
Mix and let stand several days, use as hot as possible.