How careful do you have to be when handling DE?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dulcimer lady, May 27, 2010.

  1. dulcimer lady

    dulcimer lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    My 50 lb. sack of foodgrade DE arrived from Countryside Natural Products. I was reading the side of the bag where is talks about eye irritation and lung damage. Can I just scoop this stuff up and spread it or do I have to wear gloves, mask, etc when I handle it?? I'm going to spread it in the coop with the bedding to help prevent mites, etc.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's super safe but I wear a mask to avoid inhaling the dust, but don't wear gloves.
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    It is not toxic, but as with any dusty product you won't want to be breathing a lot of it or getting it into your eyes.

    Even ordinary flour can be harmful if you breathe enough of it. Try to use it in such a way that you will not be working inside of a dust cloud. If you can't then wear a dust mask such as you'd find in a paint or hardware store.

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