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Diatimacious Earth question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dee88, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. dee88

    dee88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to Home Depot and bought some DE and it says on the bag to keep away from pets, etc. It kills bugs, etc. I've seen a lot of posts here saying that they use DE in their coops, even sprinkling some on their chickens for lice. (I think it was lice) Anyway, what can any of you tell me about DE and its uses in the coop, on chickens and anywhere around the house. What does "food grade" DE mean and is that different than the type I have that kills bugs, etc.
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, there are different grades of d.e. Please don't use the one you bought for the chicken coop. The food grade d.e. is processed a little differently, as i understand it, and it is safe for consumption by animals and humans. You might try your feed store; that's where i get mine. Be sure it's "food grade."
     
  3. cfdf

    cfdf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy mine at the feed store too and it is much cheaper there. The first time a bought DE it was in a shaker bottle for $14.99 and was maybe 1lb. I went to my feed store and bought 8lbs for $13.00. But, again, be sure to ask for food grade DE. [​IMG]
     
  4. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food grade is safe for all animals, people even eat it.
    Non food grade is dangerous to all animals and people, also bad if inhaled.
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Food grade is safe for all animals, people even eat it

    None of it is safe to INHALE, and there's no benefit to eating it at all​
     
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:None of it is safe to INHALE, and there's no benefit to eating it at all

    Actually, a lot of people claim benefits from eating it, and no one has proven them wrong, so i don't think we can make that judgment. I'm not saying either side of that argument is correct; i'm just saying there isn't enough information out there to know for sure.
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

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    Actually, a lot of people claim benefits from eating it, and no one has proven them wrong, so i don't think we can make that judgment. I'm not saying either side of that argument is correct; i'm just saying there isn't enough information out there to know for sure.

    There's quite a bit of evidence proving them wrong.

    One of the simplest ways to figure it out is to look closely at the SOURCE of the information,
    You'll notice most of the sites singing the praises of DE are also trying to SELL you some

    The sources who have done actual scientific studies tend to be Veterinarians and Universities

    You can believe science or sales hype

    http://eap.mcgill.ca/agrobio/ab370-04e.htm

    http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/controlgoatparasites.html

    Science and common sense say eating what is basically the same thing as sand isn't going to do you a lot of good

    DE was discovered in the mid 1800's, so there IS quite a bit of both information and MISinformation, such as "claims" by people

    Anecdotal evidence is pretty meaningless if the results can't be duplicated in a laboratory

    DE is a mechanical insectide with limited effectiveness, and a drying agent
    Other than that, it's just powdered rock​
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2010
  8. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The ones I found at Lowes and Home Depot also contain insecticides. Definitely do not use it near the chickens. The other one to stay away from is the pool filter DE.

    As already mentioned, it must be labeled food grade to be safe to use.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Here is one of three threads on DE, found under FAQ's: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3800

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    live in a rural area and can only get it online. I use it as a drying agent, to discourage lice/mites, and to help control odors. My large bag is over half full and I've had it about 3 years; it should be used sparingly because no one should inhale it. Actually you should wear a mask while handling it.
     
  10. dee88

    dee88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to everyone for the responses! I'm glad I asked. I'll go to my neighborhood feed store and buy "food" grade DE!
     

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