diatomaceous earth

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by only one lay, May 28, 2010.

  1. only one lay

    only one lay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Preparing to use in the coop. Local feed mill has 40# at 12$. I need to know if organic is the same as food grade? Or am I just looking at different terms
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I need to know if organic is the same as food grade?

    DE cannot BE "organic"

    Its powdered ROCK

    If it doesn't say "Food Grade", it's not food grade​
     
  3. only one lay

    only one lay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pardon my igorance, how many grades are their? Is this a term thing or is it really the point that what i buy MUST say food grade.
     
  4. WV_Hillbilly70

    WV_Hillbilly70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:DE cannot BE "organic"

    Its powdered ROCK

    If it doesn't say "Food Grade", it's not food grade

    Actually it is organic, it's made from crushed up fossils....

    What is Diatomaceous Earth?
    Diatomaceous earth is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants. Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants called diatoms. These plants have been part of the earth's ecology since prehistoric times. It is believed that 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite. The diatoms are mined and ground up to render a powder that looks and feels like talcum powder to us. It is a mineral based pesticide. DE is approximately 3% magnesium, 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 2% iron and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural (not calcined or flux calcined) compound. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural grade diatomite.

    this link explains all the different grades:

    http://perma-guard.com/index.html
     
  5. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If it's from your feed mill, it's probably either 'feed grade' or 'food grade'. Same thing.

    I get mine from our feed mill, it's perma guard brand and 'food grade'.
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Yes, it MUST say "food grade"

    Feed grade is different - from my understanding, feed grade is used to make feed more "pourable" and it shouldn't be used in large doses (?) I could be wrong, though.
     
  7. Ravishaw

    Ravishaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is Diatomaceous Earth?
    Diatomaceous earth is a remarkable, all-natural product made from tiny fossilized water plants. Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants called diatoms. These plants have been part of the earth's ecology since prehistoric times. It is believed that 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite. The diatoms are mined and ground up to render a powder that looks and feels like talcum powder to us. It is a mineral based pesticide. DE is approximately 3% magnesium, 33% silicon, 19% calcium, 5% sodium, 2% iron and many other trace minerals such as titanium, boron, manganese, copper and zirconium. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural (not calcined or flux calcined) compound. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural grade diatomite.

    bwah?​
     
  8. bigdaddyabc

    bigdaddyabc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:bwah?

    As I remember the trip we took to a DE mine for my Geology class in college, that description is out of a textbook. Why it works is cooler though! If you look at DE through a microscope, it looks like bazillions of shards of razor sharp glass. To you and me (and our chickens) it is powder, but to little tiny bugs with little tiny feet??? OOOOOOUUUUUCCCHHHH!!!
     
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    My feed store has Red Lake Earth DE labeled as organic. It contains 65% DE and the rest clay. It is FEED grade for animal feed, but not FOOD grade for humans. From what I read it is OK for animals just like the food grade. I plan on getting some when my permaguard runs out (bought 10 lbs. online), as it is too expensive to ship a 40 lb bag.
     
  10. natrgatr

    natrgatr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just read the ingredients. Mine doesn't say Food Grade, but it does list DE as the only ingredient...no other additives. Clay would probably be OK also. You want to avoid the stuff listed as filter medium. It has anti-caking and anti-mold ingredients that are harmful.
     

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