Bought Perma Guard DE.....UMMMM

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RickiHupp, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Newark, Ohio
    [​IMG] I bought this because I read all these posts about how wonderful it is.
    I made sure that it was perma guard food grade!! NOW my question...

    Umm What do I do with it?

    What does it do?

    I have goats also, is it good for them also??

    Thank you, I am what you call an impulse buyer...I saw it and remembered that alot on here use it and I thought "OMG I NEED THAT TOO"

    So yea [​IMG] I'm a dork [​IMG]
  2. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I sprinkle it all over the coop and roosts. Mix it in with feed, too. My understanding is that it takes care of internal and external bugs.
    I've read that people use it for all their animals, including their doags. Some take it, themselves(!)
    My DE stays in the coop...
  3. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I sprinkle it in the coop and along the roosts. Keeps things nice and dry. I use it in my cat litter and bunny cage also to help control ammonia smells. Its suppose to control fleas nicely too.
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I mix it with feed.....bedding...for chickens,dogs, and cats. I also use it in my kitchen cabintes...have had an outbreak of Meally bugs! UGH!!
  5. backintime

    backintime Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    The biggest benefit I've seen in mixing it with my chickens' feed is that flies won't land in their poop. It really cuts down on the fly population. You can safely add about 2 to 3 percent DE (by weight) to their feed. I just eyeball it - maybe 2 tbsp. shaken into a large coffee can of feed.

    The best part of mixing it in with their shavings is that the poop dries up to nearly indistinguishable. I use about one sifter-ful for each big bag of shavings. I do rake the shavings once a week to fluff it all up and keep it "airy." This really helps with the odor and my coop is always bone-dry.

    I also had a really BAD ant infestation in my lawn - ant hills were on every square inch and killing my whole lawn. Wanted to let my hens out to eat them but too many neighborhood dogs. So I bought a gadget online called a Dustin Mizer, which spreads DE very, very thin (a pound of DE covers a whole acre!) and it got rid of the ants.

    It also shines chrome like nobody's business . . .try a little on a damp rag on your kitchen or bathroom faucets, rinse, and be amazed!
  6. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Newark, Ohio

    Thank you all for the great tips!! Now I cant wait to get it in the mail. For the winter I mix my chicken feed with a bag of shelled corn in a big blue barrel, I cannot wait to mix some of that in it too LOL!! This stuff sounds like GOLD!!
  7. Debo's Chickens

    Debo's Chickens In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2008
    Everett, WA
    just be careful to not breathe in the dust when you mix it. It will make a lot of dust & it can irritate your nasal passages & lungs if you breathe too much in. Otherwise it's great. I mix it w/ food sometimes & I always mix it w/ the bedding in the coop.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Dont put too much in the feed as it has a dessicating/drying effect in their insides. 2% of the total feed is all you would want in there. I usually put a cup or so in a newly opened feed bag so if there are any bugs, they die. And sprinkle it under the roosts, but just know that you will have more dust in the coops than if you didnt use it. Dust under their wings and around the tush fluff to kill any pests on the birds. I love DE, though it's not a magic cure-all.

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