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How Much Diatomaceous Earth to Use?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

I have been going through the posts on Diatomaceous Earth, but I can't find how much I should use. I use pine shavings in my coop.

Any advice?

P

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by pwog 

Hi All,

I have been going through the posts on Diatomaceous Earth, but I can't find how much I should use. I use pine shavings in my coop.

Any advice?

P


Why do you want to use DE?

What problem/issue are you trying to solve with it?


Don't just use stuff because other folks use stuff.  I don't use DE at all (yet).  I don't have a problem with moisture or mites. (the two things I see/hear folks using DE for)



Fog

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Well, That is why I want to use it (mites and Moisture) - I already got a 50 lb bag (food grade). I figured I would be proactive.

post #4 of 11

Hobby Farms Magazine uses DE in a recipe for a dust bath.

1 part of fine sand
1 part ashes
1 part garden soil (no fertilizer)
1 part DE

Mix together for a dust bath.

Stephanie-Homeschool mom to one, 1 Sheltie, 3 Ragdolls, 1 EE, 1Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 1 Brahma, 1 Red Star, 1 Barred Rock, 1 GLW.

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Stephanie-Homeschool mom to one, 1 Sheltie, 3 Ragdolls, 1 EE, 1Cochin, 1 Welsummer, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 1 Brahma, 1 Red Star, 1 Barred Rock, 1 GLW.

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post #5 of 11

I love DE!  It's one of the best products ever for chickens.  Not only does it prevent mites, fleas, bugs, flies, bugs, ect...  It keeps the odor down.  I have not had one single bug in the coop, not even a fly.  It takes care of internal worms if eaten too.

I sprinkle a little on the concrete floor then add my chips.  I will add more DE every two weeks, but I try and use it sparingly.  It's very dusty!  I wear a mask when cleaning the coop or using DE.  DE is 100% natural, but make sure it's food grade.  It's great for human use too, but I've never tried it.  I guess it detoxifies your body.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Nicole01 

I love DE!  It's one of the best products ever for chickens.  Not only does it prevent mites, fleas, bugs, flies, bugs, ect...  It keeps the odor down.  I have not had one single bug in the coop, not even a fly.  It takes care of internal worms if eaten too.

I sprinkle a little on the concrete floor then add my chips.  I will add more DE every two weeks, but I try and use it sparingly.  It's very dusty!  I wear a mask when cleaning the coop or using DE.  DE is 100% natural, but make sure it's food grade.  It's great for human use too, but I've never tried it.  I guess it detoxifies your body.


i agree, love the stuff. i also feed it to the feral cats as a dewormer,

post #7 of 11

So...I bought a 40 pound bag the other day too... We have gotten so much rain this month and with the humidity--my run and coop are smelly, flies, etc...   I have the "fine" DE.  Can I put it in a fertilizer spreader and spread it my coop that way...or do I have to rake it in...mix it up, etc.?

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Klwright1122 

So...I bought a 40 pound bag the other day too... We have gotten so much rain this month and with the humidity--my run and coop are smelly, flies, etc...   I have the "fine" DE.  Can I put it in a fertilizer spreader and spread it my coop that way...or do I have to rake it in...mix it up, etc.?


I think you will find that the DE is to fine for the fertilizer spreader.  To spread DE in the garden or on the animals(goats and dogs), we have always used a very fine kitchen sieve.


~Shannon

post #9 of 11

I use a fertilizer spreader for mine in my runs and in my dog run as well and it does a great job

post #10 of 11
Is it okay to sprinkle the DE in the sand and rake it to mix it?
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