Can DE be added to chick starter, too?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by backintime, May 5, 2008.

  1. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE can supposedly be added to chicken feed (2 lbs. or so of DE to 50 lbs. of feed) but I'm wondering whether this includes the chick starter, too. Even if I store their feed in metal garbage cans, insects can still hatch out from eggs in the feed, right? Is this stuff safe for chicks to ingest or should I wait til their older?
     
  2. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I add a little bit (probably a 1/2 teaspoon) to a feeder full of feed for my week old chicks. No problems so far. But you may want to wait and see if anyone else comments. I'm no expert and there are people here who know way more about DE than I do.
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The perfect person to ask about this is Dawn419. She is the biggest DE expert I know on here! Look her up on the user list and send her a PM. [​IMG]
     
  4. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gindee, that's exactly what I was thinking of doing. Opened up my parakeet's seed container this morning and there was a moth! Guess I'll put it in his feed, too! Gumpsgirl, I'll take your advice. BTW, I read how you got your screenname. Way cute!
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     

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