DE concern and question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by edmcm2000, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. edmcm2000

    edmcm2000 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    Hi all, it seems that many here use food grade DE in the coop and elsewhere. On the DE bag, there is a warning against inhaling it, and advising the use of a mask when working with it. So - If it's that bad for our lungs, wouldn't you expect some effects on the chickens that dust in it? What do you-all think, Ed
  2. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    Quote:Are you sure the bag of DE you're looking at is food grade, and not industrial/pool grade?
  3. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    SE Connecticut
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009
  4. FaereChicken

    FaereChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    N. Central Maryland
    A friend of ours brews beer commercially, and they use food grade DE as a filter. They wear masks when they use it, because it is a nuisance dust. But, they use A LOT of it on a daily basis.

    I suspect that once it's exposed to humidity, the dustiness quotion goes down considerable. I wear a dust mask when I'm treating bedding & food, but not after that. It doesn't seem nearly as dusty once it's combined with those things, and in the coop
  5. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Yes the dust is harmful in both food grade and otherwise. That being said, I do still use it in my coop in small quantities and it's also in my feed. Be careful with large amounts and method of application. In my dust bath area it is in small quantities mixed with sand.
    I've used it for 5 years, never lost a chicken to anything but predators. I also wear a
    paper mask when applying in my coop or dust areas although I dont drop it from high and
    keep it low as to not create dust.

  6. edmcm2000

    edmcm2000 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    Yes, what I have is food grade, with the warnings on the 50 lb bag. Ed

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