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DE into water for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fishinwife, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. fishinwife

    fishinwife Hatching

    May 18, 2010
    I just got a big bag of DE from the feed store and am so excited for all of its said benefits. My question is...can I just mix it in with the chickens water instead of in their feed? It seems like that would be so much easier (to me anyway)...scoop, stir, done. If yes, where do I find a table for amounts? Thanks...looking forward to fewer flies, which always seem to find their way into the house!
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    DE loses its effectiveness in water in many ways- one pound per 50 pounds of feed can be mixed in, though, and I put it down when I clean the coop.
  3. Mother of All

    Mother of All Songster

    May 3, 2010
    what does DE in feed do for the chickens. I use it in the coop and runs, I also use it in my garden. but in the feed?
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    what does DE in feed do for the chickens

    Nothing at all.

    It's a mechanical "insecticide" that only works when dry​
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010

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