Originally Posted by KDOGG331
I think i have been way overusing DE, i put it down in the run whenever its muddy and toss it down in the coop when I clean the coop and nest box. It probably isn't good for them. And I don't exactly put little amounts down. I think I'll completely stop using it or severely limit it. It's probably only supposed to be like once a month or something if that, i feel like I'm constantly putting it down
DE is fine to use in the coop. It just depends on how you put it down.
Here's how you do it. First clean yur coop down to the floor. Everything off the floor. Now take your feed grade DE ( not pool grade) and sprinkle it over the floor just until you can't see the pattern (whatever it is) in the floor. A thin film you can't see thru a bit deeper in the corners. Not a heavy layer. Wear a simple face cover when you put down the DE..
Now get your bag of Sweet PDV stall sweetener you got at the tack store or Tractor Supply. Sprinkle a layer of it oiver the DE in the same way, at the same depth being careful not to disturb the DE so the DE remains a solid film, smile.
Now carefully lay down your 3-4 inches of dried hardwood shavings ( the white bale, not the yellow bale) you got at Tractor Supply. Viola! You are done.
The DE lays on the bottom and scratches the exoskeletons of any bugs you don't want in the coop so they dehydrate and die. The Sweet PDZ cuts moisture and helps eliminate any ammonia and bad smells in the coop. The shavings make a nice bed for the birds and are deep enough to make thing comfortable for them.
Clean the coop and do this again when the shavings start to get packed down. Maybe once every 2 months or so. If it is winter, just add more chips. Do not stir shavings to "fluff" them using this method. The DE and Sweet PDZ do their work on the bottom of the coop. You can sprinkle Sweet PDZ on the top of the shavings to help freashen the coop if you want. Do not do this with the DE, it only stays on the very bottom of the coop.
If you still want to sell the DE, I wish I was close enough to buy it, sigh.
I do not use De in dusting boxes, there are other formulas which work better. I don't dust the run with DE.