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DE dusting- how much to use, please help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LaurelRidgeDreams, May 24, 2010.

  1. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    How much DE is being used when dusting the coop is discussed? Does someone have an estimate of how much per square foot is used when dusting? I want to use it but am very confused. Are folks sprinkling or heavy dusting where most of the floor of the coop is lightly covered? As for mixing with shavings, again, how much is being used?

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    Last edited: May 24, 2010
  2. barredrockgrl

    barredrockgrl In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    I have a 4' x 4' coop. The shavings are probably 2-3 inches thick, and there are three roosts in a ladder fashion. That being said, I use a metal livestock scoop full of DE to dust the coop and mix in the shavings. I haven't white washed yet, I just rub a small am't on to the roosts. Food grade DE was relatively expensive for me to obtain, so I wanted to use enough, but still exercise a modicum of restraint, lol.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Some sprinkle on heavy, some go light. I sprinkle if fairly heavily, like a decently thick coating of talcolm powder, and then turn the shavings over inside my coop. I sprinkle more sparingly in my nest boxes and mix it in. Make sure your birds are outside when you do this, so they're not inhaling the powder as it floats about. Don't you inhale a bunch either...lol. I'll also throw a cupful in their dust bathing area and turn it over a few times.
  4. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    If breathing the DE is a problem what happens when the chickens are digging around in the shavings mixed with DE?
  5. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    Once it's mixed in, the dust is kept down a LOT. When you sprinkle it on top, or by itself, it gets very "airborne". I do wear a mask when I'm scooping and spreading-- it's very light and talcum-ey.

    I, too, use it fairly heavily. When we clean the coop, I sprinkle a heavy layer down before the shavings go down, then sprinkle some every couple weeks on top of the shavings, or as I add shavings, to keep things drier, and keep the odor down some.

  6. pattgal

    pattgal Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Quote:I guess thats why ive been coughing all day. wish someone would have told me that before i went and did that. lol [​IMG]

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