DE...What exactly is it?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by madelynbelle, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. madelynbelle

    madelynbelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    I have seen lots of posts saying they use Food Grade DE in coops mixed in with shavings. What exactly is it and where do you get it. Do you feed it to your chickens too? We put our coop close to the house and I want to keep any smells down but would like to use the deep litter method so I thought this would be the way to go
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here are some discussion threads that should answer all your questions!

    I use food-grade DE in bedding and I'm pleased with it. Not only that but I have no problem insects crossing the run or doorway inside! I apply it with a measuring cup inside each doorway including the pop door and around the perimeter of the run. Excellent stuff...and a bag lasts me a year. I get mine at our local co-op where the feedmaster uses it at 5% by weight to keep the feed free of insect hatchings. So, I don't add it to food.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The best way to minimize smells is to have a dry well-ventilated coop, managed in a reasonably sanitary way (e.g. have droppings boards under roosts and scrape the poo off every morning to dispose of in compost pile); and have run that is engineered/managed to be as dry and well-drained as possible. Basically what gives ya smells are poo, mud and lingering dampness [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    I use it in and around my coop and run and it definitley helps with and odors and dampness. I put a little bit it in their yogurt every once and a while as a wormer. When my mini donkeys got lice I started using it in the coops and dusting them off from time to time as a preventative. Google it, theres tons of info on it.

    You have to make sure its "food grade" though, the Codex brand will be white and it will say it right on the bag. Red Lake Earth makes it too but they add some volcanic ash to it which makes the color ashy. Its the same stuff though, the Red Lake Earth is much cheaper. I found it at my local Agway. Im sure you can buy it online.
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    also I would go and buy agriculture limestone and use it in the runs of the birds
    this ag limestone is not harmful to chickens it is actually good for them as calcium is in it
    2 tbsp of apple cider vioneager to per gallon of water at least three days a week and it makes the chickens body use the calcium and vit D better

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