DE application ?'s

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by macadam8157, May 16, 2011.

  1. macadam8157

    macadam8157 Songster

    Mar 31, 2011
    NC, Raleigh
    Just bought a 50lb bag today at the local feed store. Now for the questions!!! I have an 8x8 coop using sand as litter. What is best way to apply it to the litter and how much should I put down??? Also how often is this needed to be done?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would personally (carefully and wear a mask) shake a thin layer over the floor- like shaking carpet powder.

    BUT I would put it in greater amounts wherever they take a dust bath in the coop, if they do.

    I also put DE right on my chickens periodically. This needs to be done for it to be a preventative IMO because I have had mites pop up with just putting it on the pine shavings in copious quantities.

    If you can get them to put it on themselves via a dust bath, all the better.

    This is just my opinion. I hope others tell their experiences.

    I have a wood floor and use sweet PDZ and DE interchangeably for the floor every other day or so, so that I use the whole floor like a poop board. It is very dusty but works well for me. It won't work in a cold climate due to frozen poo on the floor.

    I would LOVE to try sand on the floor. [​IMG] Good for you!

    Don't neglect your walls if you have crevices where the red mite can hide. Those should be sprayed with Poultry Protector or Orange Guard (or something of the sort) to keep them away---

    or if you like chemicals, permethrin spray periodically to get those mites killed if they are there.
  3. emptynester

    emptynester Songster

    Mar 23, 2011
    Beaufort, SC
    I use it in both the coop where I too, have a wood floor and out in the pen, on the chickens and on the dogs- works decently for fleas. I just got a container and go out and sprinkle over everything. It defiantely helps dry out the poo in the pine shavings. I reapply outside once a week, sooner if it rains. If it rains, then once everything is dry I go toss out more.
  4. rhpues

    rhpues Songster

    Apr 30, 2011
    Timmonsville sc
    newbie here whatis de?
  5. Annie84

    Annie84 In the Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    Columbus, MN
    diatomaceous earth.

    We use it in our dog runs, and plan to with the chickens as well. The stuff is awesome, and helps keep down insects. We haven't had a problem with fleas, ticks or worms with our dogs since we've started using it, and it's all we've used for any of those (we still use Ivermectin for HW preventative, though)
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:lots of info on the FAQ page
  7. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    I use it in the run, in the coop, in the nest boxes, in their dust bath and in their feed. I use most of a coffee can full with 80# feed. Before I started putting it in their feed, when I put it on top of their dust bath, they would eat most of it. I use the Red Lakes DE, it has a lot of minerals in it.
  8. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Quote:Please be aware that it is FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth that is used ONLY. There are lots of opinions about it both pro and con. You'll have to make up your own mind after having read some of the discussions. [​IMG]
  9. macadam8157

    macadam8157 Songster

    Mar 31, 2011
    NC, Raleigh
    Quote:Yep thats the kind i got zookeeper >D

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