DE usage?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ebonykawai, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone have a guess for how much DE I might use per month: 4 sex link hens in a 4x4 coop and 12x4 run. How much do you use and how often? Also, where do you find the food grade kind? Do any major name stores carry it? Thanks!
  2. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2007
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2008
  3. palabeco

    palabeco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2007
    S.W. PA
    I got a 40 lb. bag last Oct, and still have over half of the bag left. I found it at a local feed store, Tractor supply had no idea what I was talking about. My coop is 8x8 with 12 birds, and I sprinkle a couple of cups of it around every one or two weeks, or when I add new bedding. I also add a little to their feed every once in a while, the instructions says not more than 2% of their total diet.
  4. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, that helps a lot!
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I just ordered a 50# bag from 7 Springs Farm in VA. So far, I'm only adding to the feed. I read somewhere to use 1# DE per 20# feed, but I think that's a bit too much. I think I'm going to cut it in half this time around.
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    Breakdown on DE usage.

    2% of feed= 2 lbs De per hundred feed or

    1 lb DE per 50 lbs feed or

    De weighs 3oz per cup=to 266 cups per 50 lbs of De or add

    1 1/4 cup De to 10 lbs of feed. Hope this helps....

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2008
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    We get our food grade DE from Custom Milling. Maybe there is a dealer in PA that is close to you.

    I got a 50# bag back in June and am about half-way through it right now. I use it quite often though...under the rabbit hutches, in the coops and runs, as a whitewash, in all of our animals' feed...My DE Page

    Hope this helps!


    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    I've used none in 50 years with excellent results.[​IMG]

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