DE Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Spoiled1_629, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Spoiled1_629

    Spoiled1_629 In the Brooder

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    Okay, I went to TSC and bought a 20# bag of Red Lake Earth DE. I wanted it to sprinkle in the coop and run for help keeping bugs at bay and for the smell. I have never messed with DE before and knew nothing about it before seeing it mentioned here.

    Question is: Is it supposed to be a white powder? The bag I got is a dark gray powder. Is this right? It says food grade on the bag and even gives measurments as far as how much to add to feed for different species of animals. It just threw me because all the pics I see on here of it is white.
     
  2. banks

    banks Songster

    Mine is White but I have heard of others on BYC say they have a grey or even a yellowish tint.
    I think the different mfg just add a color of their choice. As long as the bag says food grade you are good!
     
  3. Spoiled1_629

    Spoiled1_629 In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply banks!
     
  4. banks

    banks Songster

    [​IMG] Forgot to say [​IMG]
     
  5. moetrout

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    Mine looks like fine powdery dirt.
     
  6. cobrien

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    I've used some that has been bright white but the bag I have now is a medium gray.
     
  7. Citron_d'uccle

    Citron_d'uccle Chirping

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    Food grade DE I buy at Marshall Grain is yellow. Another brand they carry is grey. I prefer the bright white variety myself.
     
  8. Spoiled1_629

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    Thanks everyone. I just wanted to make sure I got the right stuff. Y'all are a wealth of knowledge!!!!
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    even gives measurments as far as how much to add to feed for different species of animals

    The only reason to add it to feed is to kill bugs in the feed.
    It's never been proven to have any benefits when ingested​
     
  10. Spoiled1_629

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    Quote:The only reason to add it to feed is to kill bugs in the feed.
    It's never been proven to have any benefits when ingested

    I wasn't planning on adding it to the feed, I was just saying that was on the bag to show that it was Food Grade. The only reason I wanted it was for the possible pests in the coop and to help keep odor down. [​IMG]
     

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