DE in Dust Bath or Feed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CESpeed, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. CESpeed

    CESpeed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read several really good ideas about creating a bath for my chickens and I have also read about the biggest benefit being keeping ticks, mites, etc. off of them.

    I have also read that DE is very good at keeping such problems to a minimum and I was wondering if I should put food grade DE in their dust bath or in their feed? It seems to me that the DE would do the most good in the dust bath.

    Am I right?
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sprinkle it wherever they like to dust bathe!
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    DE doesn't work when it gets wet from what I have read.

    I put it under the shavings in the coop and nest boxes, and in their favorite dust bathing spots.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put it in their feed. It would be good in the dust bath, if you have one. My chickens make their own dust bath in whatever spot suits them.

    Chris
     

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