Food grade DE questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jhd9201, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. jhd9201

    jhd9201 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2014
    I've read the pros and cons for this product an would like to try it. Can you give me some pointers? And do I add it to dust bath or nesting boxes? They are pullets, not laying, didn't know if that'd matter.
  2. konachicks

    konachicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm pretty sure it's good for all chickens. I have only pullets and I put it in neat boxes (they sometimes go in to play In the straw)
    I put some along with dirt and chick grit for their dust bath too.
    I've also read it's good to add a bit to feed but haven't checked at what ratio.
    It's a great product!
  3. Messipaw

    Messipaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2013
    I use DE for everything. In their feed. In their dust bath. In the coop. In the nest boxes. All over. Love it.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    DE works well when dry to desiccate/kill pest insects....
    .....that is why it is put into grain feeds, to kill grain pests while being stored, not because it kills internal pests when ingested by animals.

    It prevents/kills nothing once in: on the ground in an outdoor dust bath areas and/or ingested.

    I put a bit under the straw in the nest boxes, lots in the cracks/crevices of the wooden nest box construction and under/around the edges of the vinyl sheet flooring in the coop as a pest preventative.

    I avoid putting it anywhere it can get stirred up in the air as it's a respiratory irritant.
  5. Messipaw

    Messipaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2013
    If DE gets wet then drys is it effective again
  6. macdona pride

    macdona pride Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 3, 2014
    I plan on spreading DE underneath my girls litter then also on top. How much should I spread?
  7. Messipaw

    Messipaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2013
    A good dusting of it. Wear a mask.

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