How much DE and where?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by viktoriacl, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a big bag of food grade DE and have been reading a lot on here about all the places to put it. I'm just not sure if it should be everywhere or just in some of those places....food, shavings, in the dirt they lay in....? How much??? How often?
     
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I don't use it with little babies. Their lungs are just to small to handle the dust, imho.

    With the big girls, it goes EVERYWHERE!! I just grab and fling. On the chickens, nests, roost, dog, bedding (throw some scratch here too and they will toss it for you) husband (he got in the way) run. I also mix some in the feed to take care of bugs.
     
  3. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bet my husband would love that! Lol. Mine are 8 weeks. Is that too young?
     
  4. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    were did you get your DE? I found some stall dry witch has DE, but am having a hard time finding food grade DE
     
  5. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    I put mine in squeeze bottles that I got in the 'wedding' section of the craft dept. at WalMart. Makes putting as much or as little as you want really easy. I think the bottles were for icing but they are perfect for DE. I even used the bottles to make little 'puffs' of it in my tomato plants. Works great.
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Like CoyoteMagic I use it liberally once a month on all surfaces the chickens come in contact with. I even sprinkle it in the run. I also place some in the areas the birds dust in. That way their feathers and skin get treated and I don't have any problem with mites, fleas, or mites.
     
  7. pdxblossom

    pdxblossom Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a newbie. What is DE?
     
  8. sweet-tea

    sweet-tea New Egg

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    I am also a brand new "Chicken woman" and I have to ask what in the world is DE ??
     
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    You really want me to try to spell it??!!


    Diatamatious Earth Spelled entirely wrong.

    AKA --shell flour
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    diatomaceous earth spelled right
     

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