Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AtRendeAcres, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I found DE

    made by concern

    it says nothing about food grade

    can I still put in food (it does say organic)
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would look for a number on the package, and call them, just to nake sure you are not poisoning your chickens.
  3. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I would imagine all DE is organic to start with as it is mined from the earth and then processed by crushing and I believe some sort of heating. As suggested, the best way to be sure is to ask the manufacturerer. DE is used commercially for many things.

    Have you already bought it? If you have and the people can't answer the question, you can use it effectively as an organic insecticide. It is great for ants. I would be sure before mixing it in the food.
  4. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    Find the company phone number and call to see if it is food grade! I have searched and found that some add other things to it that will prevent it from being food grade. Get the name of the person that you speak to just in case if it turns out to be non food grade. [​IMG]
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Make sure it is food grade before giving it to your chickens or using it around the coop.

    DE is processed in many ways for many uses and can be poisonous to your animals if it is not food grade. The DE that is for swimming pools looks the same but it is NOT the same. DE used for other filters is not the same. It is poisonous.

    The food grade packages should say something like -

    CODEX Grade Fossil Shell Flour

    I have only ever used the DE processed and packaged by Permaguard.

    I trust it.

    I purchase it through
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    thanks for all the feed back!

    I did find one feed store who new what I was talking about

    the brand he had Red Lake! he said put it in the food of live stock but, there is only 65% DE in it [​IMG]

    here is the site:

    he was very nice and took 20lbs out of a 50lb bag for me & charged me $7

    I figured if this wasn't strong enough it would at least get me started!

    Please tell me what you think!

    thanks in advance [​IMG]
  7. Yonaton

    Yonaton Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    West TN
    I don't know...looks kinda iffy. Here's a section of the Red Lake MSDS thing:

    "Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. Short-term exposure not considered harmful. Drink generous amounts of water to
    reduce bulk and drying effects."

    Real DE's MSDS doesn't have that at all. It says there's no harm from ingesting any.

    That Red Lake stuff looks like it's meant for grain storage silos, to make the grain 'settle' easier and slide out the chute easier. If it were me, I wouldn't use that Red Lake stuff.
  8. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    doesn't sound good!

    but, thanks for noticing!!!
  9. missusduray

    missusduray Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    Here is a site for perma-guard DE and it is food grade. But it is cheaper than the previously mentioned site.
  10. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Songster

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Antonio, TX

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