Diatomatious Earth and Dust Baths...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kaylaC6500, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. kaylaC6500

    kaylaC6500 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2013
    Fountain, Colorado
    I went into BigR today to ask if they had Diatomatious Earth. I have read in a couple of books and post on this site that you mix wood ash, sand and or diatomatious earth for the chickens dust bath. My chickens are a few weeks old but already they are bathing themselves in the wood shavings. I wasn't going to get the bath together for them right now but I am working on their coop. In any case when I asked the sales man at BigR about the diatomatious earth and what I am going to use it for it looked at me like I had lobsters coming out of my ears...'I have never heard of that before!' in a stern voice was his reply.
    Wondering if perhaps I was wrong about what I read or is he not up on his chicken care?
  2. Funny reaction. DE is very good for dust bathing. The mix you mentioned is great. Just for the record you could also use PLAIN OL DIRT. Bathing keeps them clean looking and feathers shiny. The may even eat some of it, so be sure it is food grade DE. I have chickens and quail alike that love bathing in it. When they shake all that white powder out of their feathers is puffs away like a disappearing cloud.
  3. kaylaC6500

    kaylaC6500 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2013
    Fountain, Colorado
    Where can I purchase 'food grade'? The one he did show me that they had was in the garden section though the package had pictures of insects on it...
  4. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2013
    Columbia, Virginia
  5. alliecat2886

    alliecat2886 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2013
    Sioux Falls, SD
    I got my food grade de from menards. It was also in the garden section.
  6. I get my DE (food grade) from the feed store. 50 lb bags.
  7. 2chicks poultry

    2chicks poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2013
    Othello Washington
    I got my Diatomacious Earth from Del's feed and farm supply, It's only four pounds and its for livestock. Including Chickens, they are the front cover.[​IMG]
  8. Malissa

    Malissa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2012
    If your chickens are like mine, they will make their own dirt bath spots whereever they can. We have afew spots next to the foundation of the house, another in the middle of the yard...not sure why that one got started! We take the DE and sprinkle some in the spots they go to occassionally. It will say Food Grade at a promient spot on the label so just read it. I found it at our local small feed store and even Tractor Supply has it. You can use it for lots of things including other animals for worming and stuff. Also some commercial organic feeds actually put it in with the feed, which is cool too.
  9. Glos Girls

    Glos Girls Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2014
    Thank you so much for all of the information. I wanted to have something on hand and using Diatomaceous Earth in their dusting areas will be a big help. I was on YouTube watching different videos about ridding chickens of mites & lice. Don't have them but wanted to be prepared. I would be afraid to use the chemicals some advise. Sorry but if you have to toss your eggs for 5 days, how healthy can it be. Again, Thank you
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada

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