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DLM to DE or not to DE this is my question!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tmoorie, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. Tmoorie

    Tmoorie Out Of The Brooder

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    I am getting ready to get my chicks and start a flock!!! My hubby and I started our coop frame today! I am soooo excited! We have decided to use the DLM. I have been reading lots of differeny articles and I am up in the air about wether to use diatomacious earth or not. I am hoping for your opinions on this to help me make up my mind. Please let me know why to or why not to use DE. Thanks a bunch!!!
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Tmoorie

    Tmoorie Out Of The Brooder

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    I went to the link and it talked about the deep litter method but didn't say anything about diatomacious earth. Does anyone out there use this? Thanks!
     
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No DE if using DLM.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto matt4464.

    If you are going to do a DLM that is truly a composting system, you don't want to add DE as it can kill the organisms that you need to make the composting aspect work well.

    I think this thread describes how DE killed their composting DLM when they added the DE the second year.
     
  6. Tmoorie

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    Thamk you! This helped!
     

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