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Can someone help me!DE questions..NEW ? LAST POST

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SamG347, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Find a place to buy Food Grade DE? I want a good place that is cheap. Or does anyone else have any other Mite treatments besides DE. I have just noticed little Orange what look like bettles or something on my birds. I just went out tonight to check. I dont see any crawling on roosts....or anywhere else like in bedding so I dont think i have a large infestation or anything. But I dusted the coop and the birds.
    Plez help!
     
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    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We get ours from McGeary Organics Inc. 1-800-624-3279 . You can probably also just use poultry dust you buy at a local feed store.

    Jody
     
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    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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  5. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Thanks all!!! How often do I treat and how? I just went out tonight and treated everyone I think...I dusted all the bedding in the coop and sprinkled a fair amount on each bird.
    Thanks!
    [​IMG]
     
  6. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    anyone?
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sam, you can dust them once a week or just whenever you feel it is necessary. You can also just poor it into their favorite dusting hole and let them do the work. [​IMG] When applying it direct to the bird, I would rub it on well making sure to get the vent area and under the wings and belly as well as the back. When we thoroughly dust a bird, they get covered and I mean completely covered in it and are put to the ground to shake down. You should still see the DE on them after they shake down and you know you did it well.

    Also sprinkle it around the corners of the coop and nest areas.

    I will also note that hens are usually better self-dusters than roosters. As long as you keep an eye on them and dust them now and then they will be fine.

    Jody
     

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