DE in dust bath for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NewchickieLTJ, May 21, 2019.

  1. NewchickieLTJ

    NewchickieLTJ Chirping

    May 12, 2019
    I have 1 week old baby chicks, and wanted to provide them a dust bath area. Is it ok to add food grade DE to it? I have some ash, and sandy dirt from our yard also. I like the idea of DE, but also worry about respiratory effects of the dust for the chicks...and my family, since the chicks are in our house.
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  2. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

    Jan 14, 2017
    It's fine
    As long as you don't throw it in the air and run through it like it's fairy dust, you and the chicks will be OK
  3. chkva

    chkva Songster

    Mar 20, 2015
    DE in the house from my experience is a bad decision... It gets so dusty just like using sand in your brooder. I only use sand and de outside because the dust just becomes a mess. Doesn't matter how much I vacuumed or dusted, it was 24/7 dust. That's when I decided to brood my chickens outside.
  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    DE is like throwing flour around. Very dusty.
  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Keep it plain dirt for chicks, they will love it. Parasites shouldn't be an issue. If they are... there are safer more effective alternatives.

    DE is not welcome at my house... and considered ineffective in humid environments.

    It's a personal choice... I'm in the anti DE camp for several reason.

    Congrats on your new chicks! :wee
  6. NewchickieLTJ

    NewchickieLTJ Chirping

    May 12, 2019
    Thanks!! So the dirt from my house should be safe to use? I was going to gather it from a drier area of the yard vs a shady/muddy one...I thought maybe less chance of parasites then.
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Nope...Don't use it....:frow
  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Yes, as long as they haven't been vaccinated against Marek's and still under the quarantine period fir it.

    I bring in a clump... roots, grass, and all. :thumbsup
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  9. NewchickieLTJ

    NewchickieLTJ Chirping

    May 12, 2019
    Ok, thanks! They haven’t been vaccinated :)
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