Food grade DE vs. Pool grade DE for worms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rogerf, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. rogerf

    rogerf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone explain the difference between Food grade DE and the DE I use for my pool filter?
    I've been using the pool DE as a dusting in the coop to prevint mites and such. Has this all been for naught?
    Thanks
    Roger
     
  2. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sore about the details, the difference has something to do with the processing method. I know pool grade DE is VERY bad for animals. I'd clean it out of there if it's within the bird's reach.
     
  3. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And humans!
     
  4. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't use pool grade around critters
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Pool grade DE is POISON! Do not use it!!!! Don't use gardening DE Either.

    You want to use only Codex Grade Fossil Shell Flour - food grade DE.
     
  7. rogerf

    rogerf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks a bunch everyone.
    That was a insightful lesson....
    I've been using the pool grade on and off for a while only in the nest area . I'm now going to wash the whole place down and throw out the DE I have left.
     

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