Diatomaceous Earth

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jennym, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Jennym

    Jennym Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and Happy Friday [​IMG]

    Can I put Diatomaceous Earth in my coop with my chicks at six weeks of age?

    It seems safe enough, but I have never raised chickens before so I am learning.

    I do not think my tractor supply store carries it either.
    The tractor supply store told me that when my chicks arrive they do not come with vaccinations, but that when they arrive they put the medicine in the water. They told me not to be concerned.

    Please help the beginner.
     
  2. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a thread below title DE=dust baths, or something along those lines. See if it answers your questions.
     
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Check out the Food Grade DE page that I'm putting together. There's a section called "Where to Buy DE".

    I've been using it in the brooder pine shavings to help keep the smell down as it is in a spare room in our trailer. The chicks are usually 5 - 7 days old when I remove the paper towels from the top of the litter and I've had no problem with the babies being around the food grade DE that young. I so add it sparingly so that it's not too dusty for them.

    Hope this is some help!

    Dawn
     

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