Does anyone know where I can buy a small bag of the special earth for the dust bath please

KoopOnTruckin

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Tractor Supply or any feed store. You may even find it in pet stores, depending on where you live. It's Diatomaceous Earth (DE), looks like a bag of cement but surprisingly light and fluffy when you get it out of the bag. It's a wonder-fluff, helps with mites, ants, flies, gnats, and way more.
 

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I was just looking into this too. I found DE, and wood ash for sale on amazon which I plan to use. What other types of sand, dirt, are people using when constructing these?
 

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If you're not adverse to them getting into dirt under certain plants, they will just do their thing in your yard. I have a few citronella plants that they bathe under, I add a few cups of DE to that once a week or so, and it rubs the citronella scent around. It's a two-fer.
 

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Should probably spend your money elsewhere, but if you insist:
Look very closely at the fine print of ingredients on any bag of DE before you buy,
many have mostly clay in them.
 

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The stuff I get from TSC has 5% Calcium Bentonite, which is clay. It doesn't seem to have any negative effect on the chickens - what is the issue with using DE that contains clay? I imagine it's what keeps the DE from being complete dust when opening the bag, but just a guess as to why it's added.
 

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The stuff I get from TSC has 5% Calcium Bentonite, which is clay. It doesn't seem to have any negative effect on the chickens - what is the issue with using DE that contains clay? I imagine it's what keeps the DE from being complete dust when opening the bag, but just a guess as to why it's added.
5% or 95% benotonite clay? That's what I remember Red Earth DE being.
Why? Because BC is not DE.
Oh, never mind, use what ever you want.
 

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