DE AND COMPOSTING?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RIVERA69R, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i use food-grade de in my coop can you put the old stuff in the compost pile to use for the garden or will the de affect the beneficial insects?
     
  2. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The composting will be a diluting process. The other materials such as earth and rotting biological matter will tend to block the sharp diatom exoskeletons from damaging an insect by physically getting in the way. The effect will still be there, but greatly blunted. Also, liquids tend to reduce the cutting effect through creating a lubricious coating on the cutting edges. Since compost bins are a relatively wet environment, this effect is guaranteed. For those that ingest the de the only remedy will be that it is in a mix with a vast amount of other material. All in all, there is no real problem for the insects or their larvae in compost that contains a small amount of diatomaceous earth.
     
  3. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply I of course plan to use the chicken poop for fertilizer in the garden so i just wasnt sure how the de would affect that.
     

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