Can you use too much DE with DLM?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by figsonwheels, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. figsonwheels

    figsonwheels Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Southwest Missouri
    We use DLM (deep litter method) in our open air coop and sprinkle DE every time we add new litter. The coop is on a bit of a slant and between that and the chickens scratching, the litter seems to pile up on the low end of the coop. Anyway, today, dh re-distributed the litter (it's about 8" deep throughout) and added about 12 cups of DE in our 144 sq ft coop. Is that too much? If so, what can I do about it?
  2. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    That's a generous amount of DE, but I don't think it will hurt anything. Sure should keep the flies and such down.

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