How much DE do you put down?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ksbmom, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. ksbmom

    ksbmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    I've searched the forum for the answer to this and didn't find anything -- how much DE do you put down in your coop/run? I just recently found out about DE and I have been putting it in the coop and in the run (which is pure dirt) after I clean everything out every week for pest control. My question is how much are you supposed to put out? Do you need to reapply every day? Every week? I have just been sprinkling around a few shovelfuls - the run area is about 200 square feet or so. Thanks for your help!
  2. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    I'm not exactly an expert, but I just use a couple of chicken-feed scoopfuls to sprinkle in the coop and in the parts of the run the chickens hang out in most. The run is actually a big fenced-in area, about 9000 square feet, so I'd go broke if I did the entire thing! I don't redo it every week, maybe every three weeks? Hope this helps. [​IMG]
  3. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I use DE about once a month in my coop and run. I fill a coffee can and just scatter here, there and yonder leaving a thin layer and sometimes piles which I just scatter with my foot. I use to use a flour sifter and sift a layer everywhere but that got tiring real quick.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
  4. ksbmom

    ksbmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    Thanks! That sounds about like what I'm doing.
  5. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2008
    N.Texas what is DE? :|
  6. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    i take a coffe can and sprinkle it over their roost board in the morning and a bit on the floor - then sweep the dry poo off in the evening -put it in the compost pile. am happy that there is very little odor in the coop. the run is gravel and sand ( like someone else suggested ) and I sprinkle it in there about once a week and rake it in.
  7. MiniDriver

    MiniDriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2007
    Quote:Diatomaceous earth. It's ground up little fossil shells and works as deoderant and pest control.
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    The manufacturer recommends 5% by weight, but this is difficult to attain, very impractical unless you want to have scales in your coop. I sprinkle 2-4 cups lightly around the perimeter of my coop and run weekly and the result is very satisfactory (12 birds).

  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    My theory is ....................

    "If it's White, it's Right"

    Meaning, just fling it everywhere! like this [​IMG] On the roosts, in the nestboxes, on the litter, on the walls, in the run, in the dusting box, on the dog, on the husband, cat. Oh yeah on the chickens too.

    I mix about 1/2 coffee can in a 50lb bag of feed too.
  10. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    Quote:That's what I do too...make sure there's a layer of white on everything! I do this every time we clean the coop. Probably once every week or week and a half. I try to get some in the feeders often too and on the chickens! I use a little wire mesh hand-held colander and just sift the DE thru it.

    I also sprinkle zeolite around in my coop, but I just put that on the floor. The DE goes on the roosts, nest boxes floor, everywhere!

    P.S. if you get DE, make sure you get the food grade kind...NOT the swimming pool filter kind!!! The wrong kind can kill your chickens!

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