Can I use sulfur or diatomaceous earth in chicken coop with Deep litter method?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kongpound, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. kongpound

    kongpound Hatching

    Jul 28, 2014
    Ok. So I think I want to start using the deep litter method, but I have read that you are not supposed to use diatomaceous earth in the coop where you are deep littering as it will kill the good bacteria and bugs that I am trying to cultivate for composting the chicken poop. Is this true? If I am not supposed to put the DE in the pine shavings in the coop then where am I supposed to put it? I don't want the chickens to get mites and stuff. Also if I can't use the DE in the coop bedding then can I use Sulfur? or would it also be bad for the same reason?
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
  3. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Somewhere on here is a big thread on DLM (Deep Litter Method) which may contain the information you seek. I think the DE would be fine, but do not know of the Sulfur. If Sulfur is used as an antibotic it must suppress something.



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