Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dooner, May 25, 2011.

  1. Dooner

    Dooner Songster

    Apr 24, 2011
    Need some input: those of you using DE, where all do you put it and how much. I was thinking in their sandbox and a sprinkle in the nest boxes.
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I use DE in the brooder, run, and coop. I just grab a handful (you are supposed to use gloves [​IMG] ) and give a light sprinkle. Think powdered sugar on French toast. [​IMG]

    Sorry, that was the best description I could come up with this late at night. [​IMG]
  3. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    some also put it in a dusting box, but i don't know if it's straight up or mixed.

    i recently had an issue with lice. dusted them with sevin, then again 10 days later. after the first dusting, i cleaned the coup and sprayed the whole thing down with sevin spray. i let it dry, put new bedding in and sprinkled the DE everywhere i could get it to stick.

    i don't think too much is an issue, as some even add it to the food (although, it works by dehydrating the parasites, so it can't really kill parasites in the intestinal tract when it has already absorbed its fill of bodily fluids)(maybe it works some other way inside the animal, i don't know; just an issue some have brought up).

    anyway, don't think too much will be an issue, aside from the cost. 9 bucks for a bag of it here (menards in the organic section of garden center)
  4. billl2099

    billl2099 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2011
    i sprinkle DE everywere i can, in the nesting boxes, the run,the coop and around the coop area on the outside, i do this once a week. i also add DE to the chicken feed and cat food. i paid $25 for a 50lb bag of food grade at the local feed store. it works for me.
  5. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    Quote:x 2... same here

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: