DE for Chicks: How Young is Too Young?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by latebloomer, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
    i have some food grade DE and some almost four week old chicks

    can i start putting it in their food and deep litter?
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't put it into their food, myself, but I do sprinkle it lightly in the bedding whenever I add new shavings.

    I've been doing this from day One.



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  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    They shouldn't need it in their food just yet, but it still won't harm them in any way. You can dust them and their bedding now without any issues.

    AL
     
  4. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I add it to their dust bath from day one. It helps with external parasites, and when they groom themselves after bathing they get a dose internally too.
     
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  5. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
    thank you for all your help, this is such a great place.
     
  6. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is DE?
     
  7. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
  8. redbarnfeathers

    redbarnfeathers Out Of The Brooder

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    I use DE in their brooders and in all my houses on a monthly basis, just a dusting, as a preventative, it is great......
     
  9. lynnolekas

    lynnolekas Out Of The Brooder

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    There is another thread going on about this...some say yes, some say no.
    I use it both on the feed and in the brooder for their dust baths.
    I have found LOTS of info regarding DE but here on this site there
    are a few nay-sayers. Either way, you won't be hurting anything
    by starting now. Remember food grade though...

    There is a site from the UK called Poultry Keeper with info:
    http://poultrykeeper.com/common-articles-to-all-poultry/health/diatomaceous-earth-for-poultry.html

    Here is one from the States:
    http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html

    And from the BYC archive:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/se...3:y2gvw4jitn2&cof=FORID:10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=di
    (that's a crazy long link - not sure it's clickable)

    Good luck with your research AND your girls!

    Lynn
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  10. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE dries the poop quickly in the bedding, so for that alone I'm grateful!!!

    I use the deep litter method in the brooders (haven't changed the litter since they've been in there . . . just keep adding more) and there is no smell.

    My chicks are teenagers now and still in the brooder (cuz I'm not finished with the coop).

    All I do is add more litter on top and sprinkle the area with DE.

    GREAT STUFF . . . no matter what a nay-sayer might say. [​IMG]




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