DE

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lorraine Perth, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    I have started using DE for the first time. I am putting it in their feed and sprinkling in the coop and the laying boxes. My questions are do I feed it continuously i.e. every time I fill up the feed box add some and how often do I sprinkle it around the coop and laying boxes
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't feed it. The effectiveness is much debated.
    I sprinkle it every time I clean out the coop and nest boxes. Once it's in there, it won't go anywhere.
     
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I would not feed It. I do sprinkle a bit when I clean out the hen house and I'm not even sure that is beneficial because I still got infiltration from a swarm of ants even through the DE. I really don't think feeding it would be beneficial at all. In fact it might be the opposite. Effectiveness is much debated. Hope this helps. Best wishes.
     
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  4. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that if DE makes up 2% of a flock's daily food intake, it acts as a natural wormer. I have not tried this though. Only read it.
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    When I read things like that, I want the research cited.
     
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    DE is little microscopic inland sea shells. DE is as much as 25% calcium. If you feed DE in a laying ration and all laying rations are about 4% calcium, through in oyster shells you may be damaging your birds kidneys from too much calcium. Just something to think about.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    In my opinion DE, as typically used, is nutritionally inert and does not impact internal parasites. Another source of dietary silica (glass) which DE is made of can be acquired by consuming many types of grass. If the mechanism of DE's action proves to real, it seems like consuming grass similar as caused by silica based phytoliths in the plant tissue.
     
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  8. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love DE (use food grade only) and it is basically used on my poop boards as a drying agent to keep the waste and boards dried as much as possible. I also will sprinkle DE on floor bedding or in the nest boxes from time to time. Sweet PDZ is another thing that I like to use on the poop boards. This is more of a sandy material as opposed to the power form of the DE. The Sweet PDZ keeps the coop smelling great. One more thing that I will use during the warm months is Python Dust. This helps control bugs and insects. All of these materials are safe to use with livestock and in the coop and keep them out of the Chicken feed (especially the Python Dust). I also use these in the goat sheds as well. Hope this helps!

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  9. mereinolan

    mereinolan Out Of The Brooder

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    What is Python Dust?
     
  10. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A livestock safe insecticide powder. It can be found at Tractor Supply. The directions state that it is safe to use on chickens, goats, horses and other livestock to control flies, insects, and other pests.
     

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