Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tink, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. tink

    tink Songster

    May 12, 2007
    upstate SC
    I have read that DE is good for bug control. I cant find info on it. What type do you use and it eco friendly. We have two creeks in our yard and we are not used chemicals so.... thanks for the info
  2. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I got mine from Freshwater Organics. I was just thinking about this because I'm not sure how to use this stuff to the maximum benefit. Do I just dust in the chicken run, but how often? And where else? Would you know? Or anyone?
  3. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    BTW - get the edible kind, Freshwater has that.
  4. thechickenwhisperer

    thechickenwhisperer In the Brooder

    Hi, Yes, you need the food grade DE. There is also a non-food grade that is only for use in swimmingpool filters. Do not use that for your chickens.

    It is recommended to dust your coop and run, also add a bit to your hens food. I sprinkle it on like a light dusting of powdered sugar. It will keep internal parasites at bay, and keep flies and other yucky bugs away. For flies, give it a week or two to kick in-you will see improvement.
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    THEchickenwhisperer - But how often? Daily? or weekly? I wouldn't want to overdo it.
  6. livestock101

    livestock101 In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2007
    We feed DE daily and I don't measure it. I just put a scoopful into the feeder every morning with the feed. You can't overdose it, so need to worry.
  7. Nor*Cal chick

    Nor*Cal chick In the Brooder

    May 25, 2007
    Northern California
    I had a hard time finding the food grade DE
    in my area, everywhere I looked only had the
    type used for swimming pools.
    I did find it at for a reasonable amount of $.
    I ordered it on the 16th, they shipped on the 18th & I
    received it on the 20th of the month.

    It was listed as :
    Diatomaceous Earth, 5 lb - $10.50
    sold by and shipped from GreenSense, in Texas
  8. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    can they become tolerant of it and it not be effective?

    how old do you start this?

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