Can/should I use lime and DE in my coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by alphazimbo, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. alphazimbo

    alphazimbo In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2010
    I've seen things that said I should put lime down before I put down anything else (when using the deep litter method) but then I've also read here on the forum that using DE is really beneficial for smell and insects....So, what is the purpose of putting lime down and can I use the two in combination with each other? Lime down first, then wood shavings or hay etc, then DE...?

    Thanks for all your help,


  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I've never used lime. I use the DE in my deep litter method coop. Seems to work great. I always sprinkle the DE on top of the shavings and hay (I use both). By the time they get done scratching around looking for the treats I throw around, they work the DE in just fine. It definitely cuts down on the smell and I've never had any problems with lice on the birds. Oh, I also dust their nest boxes with DE as well.

    Sorry I couldn't give any info. on the lime.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Both will absorb moisture
    Lime will neutralize ammonia, and is a lot cheaper (do NOT use hydrated lime)
    DE will kill insects as long as it's dry

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