diatomaceous earth.....how long does it last?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chkinut, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i'm getting ready to order some DE for the 1st time. i will have 5 standard hens and 2 bantams. should i get a 3lb bag? 5lb? 10lb? does it last FOREVER? or do they go through it pretty quick. and how exactly do u use it? sprinkle it on the dirt where they take dirt baths? put it in their food?
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:I got 20 lbs about 7 months ago and I am just running out
  3. stux2c

    stux2c Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    So this is the first I am learning about DE. Can someone tell me what it is, what I do with it, and so on. I have a flock of 10 birds (4 Barred Rock, 4 Araucanas, 2 Red Sexlinked). I just built a 12x12 run, and I am planning onbringing in sand to cover the run. I keep reading about spreading DE in the run.

    I appreciate the info.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    How much you use depends entirely on how much you use [​IMG]

    No, seriously.

    Some people shovel the stuff around like there's no tomorrow; I've still got most of the 40 lb bag I bought 3 years ago; some people don't use it at all. And everything in between.

    In terms of thinking about what you do and don't want to use it for, there are a number of good threads on the subject (try the stickied threads or 'learning center' or use 'search'), I highly recommend educating youself and *thinking for yourself* about what you want to do rather than just doing stuff because so-and-so does it or "everyone seems to be doing it".

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    I'd start with a small amount and experiment. I mainly use it to dry up the poops and control flies. I try to use a minimal amount to keep costs down and also because I don't like handling it, you should wear gloves and a respirator and keep the chickens away while the "dust settles". I sprinkle it around the coop and run about once a month or whenever I see flies.

    Some add a little to their food to control worms. I do this too on occasion, although people say it is not really a treatment for a worm infestation, more of a mitigation strategy.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Please do check with several local feed stores to see if they carry it first. If not, ask if they can order it for you. Ordering it by mail is SO expensive; the shipping is as much as the product. I paid $29 for a 50 lb. bag, and hate to see folks pay $20 for 5 lbs. (w/shipping). It's worth making some phone calls about.

    I mix it liberally in their nesting bedding, their floor bedding, and in their sand box area (and even the area beside the house they've acquired as another dustbathing area). That way they are continually dusting themselves with it, and I don't have to. Oh...and some swear by for it dogs and cats to help prevent fleas.

    Edited because I didn't answer the question asked...lol. It'll last forever (it's fossilized material after all). How long will it last YOU depends on the factors others have mentioned. I've had my bag for over 5 months and haven't made a dent in it. It'll probably last me a few years.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2010
  7. DaveD

    DaveD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    It's already thousands of years old, I'd think it could last a little while for you [​IMG]

  8. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Okay, this may sound a bit gross [​IMG] but does the DE do anything to upset a dogs internal system since...well...my dogs love poo of many varieties [​IMG].

    I plan on free ranging my chickens and I know my dogs will be out there cleaning up [​IMG] . . . . . [​IMG]
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  9. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Quote:[​IMG] True That!! [​IMG]
  10. DaveD

    DaveD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    If your going to use DE, you absolutely must use the food grade DE. under no circumstances get the pool grade DE, because it is poisonous. The food grade is safe and can even be feed to the chickens, the dog, the humans and any sub-humans you may have running around.

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