Cheap, available, easy to use DE!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Whitehouse Quail, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Michigan
    What is it?

    DE (Diamectious or something like that, earth) is fabled on this fine web establishment as being hard to find, expensive, and is the best thing you could ever spend your money on for your coop.

    DE will kill mites, absorb moisture, and the chickens love to take dust baths in it!

    It will also reduce ammonia, smells, and other little beasties that haunt your chicken coop.

    To find this wonderful product...

    Go to your local Tractor Supply. Purchase a 10-25 lb. bag of Stall Dry (for horses) for less than 15.00. Be happy.

    P.S. Many people are mail ordering this wonderful product, but why spend $50.00 for something so readily available and cheap?

    Happy DE Hunting!

    PS. I forgot to add that it is specified for horses and chickens, and in the ingredients it plainly says Di-a-whatever earth in the ingredients, along with clay.
     
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  2. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    DE is Dematious Earth. It is like the stuff you can use for your pools. But you would have to use a different type for poultry.
     
  3. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    I went to a store the other day and asked for DE and no one knew what I was talking about! I left with Stall Dry!
     
  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    A lot of people use it to dust their animals.
     
  5. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    Stall Dry is perfect for the bedding and such, but if you want to mix some in with the food you have to get the food grade DE. Use the cheaper stall dry for the bedding, and the food grade DE for food and you are set!
     
  6. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    When I ask the feed stores in my area about DE, they look at me like I am crazy. I had one point blank tell me I didnt' want it. I told him I did and explained the benefits and he says if you don't have a problem, why do you want to use it. I explained I wanted it for preventive measures and they just shake their heads. I don't have a lot of money for shipping so I think I will try some stall-dri this winter and see if it helps. Thanks!
     
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    momma's chickens :

    When I ask the feed stores in my area about DE, they look at me like I am crazy. I had one point blank tell me I didnt' want it. I told him I did and explained the benefits and he says if you don't have a problem, why do you want to use it. I explained I wanted it for preventive measures and they just shake their heads. I don't have a lot of money for shipping so I think I will try some stall-dri this winter and see if it helps. Thanks!

    You can buy 50# bags diatomaceous earth (food grade) cheaply here:
    Kay Gneiting
    Shelly, ID
    208-357-7043​
     
  8. poultrypatch

    poultrypatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes...but what is the cost of shipping ???? I live in MA...called a place in VT...was almost $40.00 just to SHIP it....never mind the cost to buy.
    I've given up on finding it. Good luck
    Liz
    Rochester, MA
     
  9. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Michigan
    Quote:What? Tractor supply is a farm retail store
     
  10. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    stall dry is what i finally ended up getting, but i agree, have some of the de food grade in case you need it- the shipping costs were just out of my budget-
     

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