DE? How the heck do I use the stuff??????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jkioneil, May 16, 2010.

  1. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so i just bought some food grade DE. I put a light sprinkle over the area where the chickens dust bathe. Do I put a coating all over the ground? Do I put it on the chickens? I also put some in the hen house and stirred the litter but how much do I use? A light coat a thick coat? There is no directions so I have no idea what to do with it. Can someone help me please?

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  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    It's really up to you how much you want to use. I lightly dust everything except the chickens themselves.
     
  3. NancyinAlaska

    NancyinAlaska Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put some where the chickens take their dust baths often, a few cups, and then put a handful in each nesting box. I also put some in with their food, it helps with worms too.
     
  4. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so not the chickens but all over the ground and in the nesting boxes and in the litter and some mixes into their food. this wont effect the orchard they live in right?
     
  5. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How often do i put the DE down?
     
  6. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd like some more info too...
     
  7. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks i am so in need of understanding how it works!
     
  8. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so i put a nice thin shake around the whole pen and extra in the places where they take dust baths. i also sprea some in the hen house litter... Today i woke up to a rain storm. when it dries out do i do it all over again? I live in oregon so it rains quite a bit. does the DE still work in the ground after the rain or recoat? what is the average amount of DE that people need to buy and how often?
     
  9. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently put in a concrete mixing tub full of sand so that the girls would have a place to take a dust bath. I then mixed in some DE. They haven't quite gotten the hang of taking a dust bath but soon after putting in the DE I found that some of it hadn't mixed in too well causing some of the girls to run around looking like they had a cocaine habit. They seem none the worse for the wear.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I use a parmesan cheese shaker and sprinkle it in the nests, under the roost and under the wings and petticoats of the birds, too. I also put a cup or so in each feed bag to kill whatever bugs may get in.

    I go through a couple of 50# bags of food grade DE each year.
     

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