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DE Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mom2Daisy, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Mom2Daisy

    Mom2Daisy New Egg

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    I purchased a 2lb bag of DE at my local Co-op. It was the only DE they had in the store. It wasn't the brand that I have seen on the internet and the bag said it was 85% DE and the rest was some sort of filler the guy told me. Anyway, I got it home and it had all sorts of warnings on the bag to rinse skin for 15-20 min if you come in contact with it, call poison control if you inhale it.....so on and so on. This is confusing because all I have heard from you all and the other product web sites is how safe it is. Did I get the wrong thing??
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    silky ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my DE from my local pool supply store-pure DE.
    You should change your clothes and wash up after using it . The reason is because if you look at it under a microscope you will see that each individual teeny flake is actually a razor blade into itself. It slices up bad bugs as well as dehydrating them. Works wonders on mites ,fleas jiggers and lice. On your skin it will start to make you itchy.
    Everytime a person itches their skin they actually rip into t it. You add De to the mix and you get quite uncomfortable.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2007
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:From my understanding, pool supply places Do Not carry food grade diatiomaceous earth. The DE that they do carry is for pool filters and is poisonous to ingest. Check out this food grade DE link. Third paragraph discusses pool filter grade DE.

    Hope this helps!

    Dawn
     
  5. davecash

    davecash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what does DE stand for, what exactly is it?
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:Diatomaceous Earth
     
  7. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do you get food grade DE?
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:Click on Custom Milling in post #2 of this thread. If that's no help, let me know and I'll hunt up a few suppliers for you!

    Dawn
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    DE sold in swimming pool supply stores is an altered form of DE and it is poison.

    Please do NOT use swimming pool grade DE!!!!

    Only food grade DE is to be used!

    Permaguard Codex Grade Fossil Shell Flour is the purest and the safest and one of the very best brands of food grade DE to use with your animals.

    FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth is what you want to use.

    If you have purchased swimming pool DE or gardening DE and used it on your animals or put it in their food you are poisoning them!!!!! Discontinue use immediately.

    Check with custom milling or dirtworks.net to purchase FOOD GRADE DE only.

    Moderators is there some way we could put all of the DE posts together? Even pasted into one message and labled using it as a sticky for new comers to read and be directed to for all of the questions about using DE? Please?

    I fear someone somewhere is going to end up with some seriously poisoned/sick/dead livestock and pets due to using the wrong form of DE.
     
  10. Tastes_Like_Chicken

    Tastes_Like_Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    How early do you start using DE?
     

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