1. lmdengler

    lmdengler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2017
    Upstate New York
    Can someone tell me what DE exactly is? My husband bought a bag of what he said is DE from Lowes . It is a white bag that says insect killer and that it contains DE. Is this the right stuff? And how do you recommend using it?

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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    Does it say what the other 15% is?

    DE is the collected "skeletons" of diatoms.
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I use the dichotomous earth on just about everything that has to do with the chickens. When I bought a bag of feed that had weevil. Sprinkled DE over the feed and out they came. It took a while but I smushed all of them. No more weevils.
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    If you are going to use DE for your chickens, you need to use FOOD GRADE. It appears what you have purchased has other ingredients and is for use in the garden only.

    Do some research/reading to determine if it's a product you want to use. There are quite a few heated debates on using - look for threads here on BYC and the web.
    If after careful reading you feel like it's something for you - then find the proper product - most feed stores carry DE, but look for labeling that tells you it's FOOD GRADE and usually it will also have dosage/feeding instructions on the bag/container as well.

    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
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  5. tigger19687

    tigger19687 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The stuff he bought has a PESTICIDE in it ! Take it back.
    I made that same mistake !

    I bought Food Grade on Amazon for like $12 but I think someone said somewhere that Feed stores carry a big 50# bag for cheap and it is 100% DE.
    For me that is not around here that I can find. But maybe in Upstate NY you can get it
  6. chicks are life

    chicks are life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2016
    North carolina
    Don't buy de...killed one of my birds.

    Get permethrin kills mites and lice instantly!
    De just moves the mites.

    Chickens have sensitive lungs and get respiratory illnesses easily
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  7. lmdengler

    lmdengler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2017
    Upstate New York
    Thank you everyone! I'm glad I posted the question. I had a bad feeling when I saw it. I went online and found some and I'm going to check TS myself.
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    De is bad for everyone, including your birds, to inhale. It's mined out of the earth (see pictures!) and bad for those miners. AND it's about useless for treating parasites on your birds. It will kill grain mites in dry feed, but buying and feeding fresh is a better idea anyway. Mary
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  9. lmdengler

    lmdengler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2017
    Upstate New York
    I am so confused ! My conworker gave me full instructions on using it and what to do. And after reading your post now I'm worried about it. The last thing I want to do is give any of them a problem. After all I have gone through with Daisy if something like DE made her sick I'd never forgive myself
  10. lmdengler

    lmdengler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2017
    Upstate New York
    So what is permethrin (as posted by Chicks are Life? What should I do for parasites: mites lice and worms?

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