DE dust safe to breathe? For humans or chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by shandea, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. shandea

    shandea In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007
    I just read a webpage from someone selling DE... it was posted by someone here, but I don't remember who.

    Anyway, it said that it's safe to use but you don't want to inhale it.

    Well, I've been using DE since I got my chicks and it's so fine that there's no way you or the chickens CAN'T inhale it. They roll around in it and make a lot of dust, so I know they inhale quite a bit. And I have read how chickens are prone to respiratory problems anyway.

    But more importantly, what about us humans? Will this hurt us?

    Why say you guys?
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    If i had to be around it alot, since I'm asthmatic, I'd wear a mask...
    You don't have to put alot out for the little peepers, just a tiny bit goes a long way.
  3. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    You should never get dust in your lungs, of any kind, if you can avoid it. Nature has provided for chickens dust bathing habits. I wouldnt put so much DE in their beddings that when they walk around and scratch that they can create dust clouds, things that they do that wouldnt normally raise dust.

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