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Chickens and DE are happier than a pig in a mud puddle! :)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bayareapilot, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. bayareapilot

    bayareapilot In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    San Francisco
    I located a local source of food grade DE and thought I'd give it a try for my 10 week old pullets to take dust baths. At first, not knowing any better (since I am new at all things chicken <g>), I made a depression in the sand bottomed run and poured the bag into it. Occurred to me after additional reading that the DE is better off being mixed a little bit into the sand; so I removed the 'bowl' of DE I had added and mixed some into the sand.

    This morning when I let my chickens out of the coop into the run, they were really 'going to town' on the DE - reminded me of pigs, joyously, rolling around in a mud puddle. I would never had the chance to try it if I hadn't found the local source of food grade DE. Most of the mail order methods involved postage more expensive (or at least as expensive) as the product I was buying.

    So if there are any fence-sitters on using DE in your substrate; just wanted to let you know that your chickens will love the stuff! [​IMG]

  2. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    I totally AGREE!!! [​IMG]
  3. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010

    I use it...they love it...and it helps keep the smells down and the bugs down... YEAH!!! [​IMG]

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