Originally Posted by Beekissed
I would say that's an accurate assessment. I'd say it's not supposed to be there at all. You can use lime for what you are using DE for...it will be cheaper and more effective and not quite as bad for their respiratory systems, though still not to be overused and spread around like one is making bread.
For a muddy run it's more effective to build some deep litter there...that's something that will preserve the integrity of the soil, keep it more healthy, and be more effective in curing a muddy run. It's also much cheaper and a more long term solution.
Yeah, I think I definitely need to stop. Unfortunately I went crazy and bought a 50 pound bag and a smaller bag a couple months ago now. Although I've been using it so willy nilly a lot is gone. But a lot is left still. But I am sure I can find another use for it or give it away.
Where does one find lime? At a hardware store? I was worried it was chemicals or something but it's not, right? Don't know why I thought it was.
In the new run I am hopefully going to be using deep litter. I probably could with this run but I figure it's too late now? For a while I was putting pine shavings down in it and I frequently toss them clumps of dirt so right now it's mostly top soil and sand mixed (it was in one spot for dust bathing but the rain mixed it), and pine shavings in layers beneath that. The front of the run is a foot higher. Is it possible to add deep litter to that? I had thought it had to be bare dirt. Plus the copious amounts of DE I had been using.
But the new run will be bigger and bare dirt so I am definitely going to use deep litter there. The coop I like pine shavings on the floor and don't mind cleaning it but I will stop using DE inside and won't use it in the new coop. Plus the new one I'm hopefully making a droppings board or tray so it won't get messy as fast. The coop I'm copying just used the roof rafters for roosts but I don't really like that so will add a roost.
The DE is a problem. I realized the other day that I'm probably going to wind up making them sick. Just killing everything and figure it's the same as me washing my hands way too much, not letting them encounter any germs or anythingEdited by KDOGG331 - 4/10/16 at 7:40am