DE bath = quieter chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Meesh, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's odd... The chicks (3 weeks old) have a pie size plate of sand in the brooder to dustbathe in. A couple days ago I added an ounce scoop of food grade DE and mixed it into the sand. They are SOOO quiet and peaceful since, and sleeping better.

    Is it because they were so itchy before? Has anyone experienced this?? They seem less irritated. I haven't changed anything else in their brooder. Seems to smell a bit less chicken-y, as well.

    Is DE sort of like have a soothing coat of talcum powder?

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Good question!

    I sift food grade DE into the pine shavings whenever I set up our brooder (3 times over the winter) and definately notice less "chickeny" smell than our first time with chicks (last May).

    Sorry this doesn't answer your question, though...

    Dawn
     
  3. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooh, I'm going to try sifting some in with the shavings. Good idea.

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     
  4. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where in the world do you get food-grade DE?? A healthfood store, farm store? I've never seen it before!! I suppose I could order it online.
     
  5. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ASk your feed store if they can special-prder it. It must be (chemical codex) food grade DE. No one local carries it but they special-ordered it for me. Much cheaper than shipping from online orders.
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Me too! Where do I buy it? I know, silly question. I've just never bought any food grade DE before. I didn't even know that they made it. [​IMG]
     
  7. redhead83402

    redhead83402 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is probably quite the silly question, ( refer to the words *new Member* next my name :-D) but what IS DE?
    Sorry, this is my first time with chicks ~
    ~Red
     
  8. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's Diatomaceous Earth. It's produced from fossilized sea critters!
     
  9. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not silly. It is diamotaceous earth, also called fossil shell flour. Literally ground up diatoms, or fossilized creatures. Depending on what you read/who you talk to, it can do miracles. From curing digestive ailments to curing cancer in humans. With regards to chickens, it helps to reduce moisture content thereby drying out the poop and lessening smell. If added to the litter it helps to reduce smell, as well as adding food grade to their food. So it is a must for the deep litter method. Hope that helps. Btw, I am a newbie too, just had a bit of time to research a little while trying to find food grade de.
     
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  10. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    There's links on my food grade DE page (3rd link in my signature, post #2) for where you can order/buy the right DE. We have a dealer about 40 minutes south of us and pay $20.00 for a 50# bag.

    Hope this helps!
    Dawn
     

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