DE- PLEASE, someone tell me if they have had a bad experience!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chiiiiiiiiiickens!, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Chiiiiiiiiiickens!

    Chiiiiiiiiiickens! Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2008
    Southern New York
    Hi everybody!
    I'm about to treat my coop and dusting areas with Diatomaceous Earth and I have been reading many past post about it. It seems not everybody agrees that it is safe for chickens. Is there anyone out there that has learned from experience NOT to use DE? Anyone think their chicken died from inhaling it? What is the REAL scoop from those of you with long chicken experience!?
  2. lickskillet

    lickskillet *Home of the Shoveler*

    Jan 16, 2009
    I've been using it for 8 years and have never had a problem with it and chickens or humans. I also put it in their feed and oyster shell. Works real well for mites and lice.

    Make sure it's food grade...
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2009
  3. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    The only time your chickens will have an ill effect is if you don't use a food grade DE. All the years I have been using it, it as never cause any problems. But it has solved a few.
  4. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    That stuff scares heck outa me! I know it's in food we eat but I've been told that it is fine particle Silica that actually cuts up a bugs intestines. If I get a big snoot full of the stuff for one reason or another, will I be the BIGGEST bug it kills? Just sayin --------
  5. charlotteda

    charlotteda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    Pickens SC
    Isnt it very dangerous for honeybees also ?
  6. Jonathanq1

    Jonathanq1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Daily water change is a must. Chickens are used to dust and all other waste etc....
  7. Chiiiiiiiiiickens!

    Chiiiiiiiiiickens! Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2008
    Southern New York
    I'm reluctant to use DE in the garden because of the bee-killing problem. I don't think that will be an issue in the coop area. But maybe it will kill a few spiders [​IMG] (sorry spider-loving folks)
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2009
  8. HappyVol

    HappyVol Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 28, 2007
    I read that DE works by cutting the hard shell of bugs causing them to dehydrate.

    It is not supposed to harm soft tissue.

    If it was dangerous to soft tissue then you could not use it internally for any animal.

    I do use it in my garden and on the barn floor.

  9. I use it liberal when I change the hay in my chicken coop. Since I haven't ever seen a honey bee anywhere near the coop i don't worry about them. I also rub a good handful on the chicken roosts, my only problem is if I give my little dogs too much, it sorta gives them the runs, big dogs no problems.But there is a big difference from a 7 lb Yorkie to a 200 lb great dane. marrie I forgot(senior moment) I plant marigolds in my garden for the bugs so I don't have a need for DE in the garden, and I have gianias for the bugs to
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2009
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Used food grade DE for years with no ill effects. I use it in feed to keep bugs out (well, kill the ones that may get in) and in the nests to kill any mites or lice that may find their way in.

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