Diotamaceous earth

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by McPasekFarm, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. McPasekFarm

    McPasekFarm New Egg

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    I accidentally put too much DE down in the coop and now when they scratch dust fills the air! Am worried about their respiratory app in all that dust! Anything I can do to compensate??
     
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should get it out of there,if it is filling the air they are going to be breathing it.IMO
     
  3. Ravennest

    Ravennest Out Of The Brooder

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    oops....been there done that...lol...I had to use a Spray bottle with water and lightly mist the ground...another layer of bedding on top...do not add anymore DE to this layer. At least you won't have to clean the coop for a while...and any creepy crawlies won't survive.
     
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  4. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is food grade DE the same as non food grade DE ?
     
  5. Ravennest

    Ravennest Out Of The Brooder

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    No food grade can be eaten by animals ..I get food grade for all my friends...it helps with internal creepy stuff too...
     
  6. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food grade is not just safe to be eaten by animals, it's an ingredient in things we people eat as well.

    The differences are allowed amounts of arcenic and other chemicals as well as how it's processed. Non food grade DE doesn't function as well for what chicken keepers need due to how it's processed before you get it.

    Food grade DE is actually good for them to eat.
     
  7. Ravennest

    Ravennest Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I will pass on the taste test ...thanks [​IMG] yuk
     
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  8. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure about human consumption?
     
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    Ravennest Out Of The Brooder

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    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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