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  1. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop is up and running.

    One side I used the pine pellets ( the one you wet down and they fluff )on top of sand the other side I used pine shavings.

    I have read that DE helps keep the smell down... How is it used?
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Make sure you get the food grade DE. Sprinkle it on the bedding. I like to turn the bedding over a bit when I put the DE in there so it gets mixed in. DE is a dessicant so it won't work if it gets wet.
     
  3. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you :)

    I will work on getting some this weekend.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Pelletized lime or Stall-Dri is at least as effective and a lot cheaper. Also, DE is rough on their lungs and pelletized lime is not. If you use DE, use ti sparingly, a light dusting.
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I wear a mask when cleaning the coop and using DE, mainly due to the DE. It gets pretty dusty when mixing up the pine and DE together. The DE has been great! It really helps keep the odor down and it dries up the poo for easier cleaning. We don't have a single bug, including flies in the coop. My girls are mite, lice and flea free!
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011

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