Application suggestions for Diatomaceous Earth?

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  1. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Whew.. had to look up the spelling again on that one. [​IMG]

    I've read a few places that DE can be spread in the coop floor/shavings to help keep mites at bay. I've also read that DE is a very toxic substance and to wear gloves & mask whilst applying. The ladies are 3 yrs old.. never had any problems, so I'm not in a rush to don the protective gear. Just wondering what others have to say about using DE?

    Thanks!
     
  2. FoxHead

    FoxHead Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a good link to food grade DE... http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

    I sprinkle small amounts in my coop maybe every other week. I use it in hopes of keeping mites at bay, and helping to break down compost. I'm not super familiar with it, which is why I use such small amounts.
    When you heard it is very toxic, you would be talking about pool grade DE, which is hazardous.
    Hope that link helps,
     
  3. thegrovestead

    thegrovestead Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought the bag from a garden section of the hardware store. Is that considered food grade?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    All DE is a respiratory hazard, nothing with lungs should breathe it in......
    .........the pool grade is worse because it's finer and becomes airborne more easily.

    DE can help deter insect pests in the feed bins and nests, as long as it stays absolutely dry.
    If you have an infestation, you need a more finite solution.

    If it gets wet... it's useless, it won't help with composting, it won't kill worms inside your chickens if you feed it to them.

    If it says food grade on the bag, it is food grade....if it doesn't say food grade it isn't.
    Look closely at labeling..... alot of DE products are mostly another material, like clay.
     
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