Adding DE to the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vjbakke, May 19, 2011.

  1. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the process for adding DE to the run? Just sprinkle it on the droppings? How often? Do it with the chickens in the run or while they are in the coop? I have read that DE in the run will keep the odor down and dry out the droppings, I'm just not sure how to use it. We do use it in the coop, I sprinkle it on the areas that have the most droppings.
     
  2. Sylvialarry

    Sylvialarry Out Of The Brooder

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    I use the food grade DE and I just sprinkle a little bit in their run. I also put it in the pine shaving inside their coop. It works great. However I understand you should not inhale the dust of the DE. My hubby used to work with it all the time and he says it is really bad for your lungs. I use a dust mask when I'm adding it to their run and coop. Also when I clean out the pine shavings.
     
  3. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've been mixing in either food grade de or sweet pdz with their shavings

    have to say i like the sweet pdz better, it's just less messy
     
  4. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:what is sweet pdz ? Do you put it in anything special to sprinkle it? to control how much is used? I have been using an old yogurt container, kinda tricky to get it even. How often do you apply it?
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Agreed! Seems to create less of a dust cloud, lol.
     
  6. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
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    Quote:what is sweet pdz ? Do you put it in anything special to sprinkle it? to control how much is used? I have been using an old yogurt container, kinda tricky to get it even. How often do you apply it?

    http://www.sweetpdz.com/

    there's a pdf about use for chickens on this website

    i just mix a cup or so in with the pine shavings
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  8. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, does this work well in a run with grass?
     

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