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How much DE to add to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by greenmulberry, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much DE would one put in a quart of feed? I thought I had read 2% of the food should be DE, but that works out to be 4 and a half teasopoons, which sounds like a lot!!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's really not much at all. I don't even measure it; I just eyeball it. I scoop my feed with a gallon pitcher and just dump some in, maybe less than a 1/4 cup. I may not do it every time, though, maybe ever other scoop. It doesn't have to be exact, just an estimate of 2%.
     
  3. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well- I've seen lots of places that say 2% and recently saw a ranch that uses 2% for most of their animals but use 5% on their chickens!


    Now...I freerange and my chickens hardly eat any feed...so i had to switch to putting the DE into their treats. I figure about 1tsp per chicken....it's always a rough estimate.

    One way to know if it's enough...if you see signs of worms or runny poops...you need more.

    Sandra
     
  4. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you put the DE in everytime?? I havent put it in their feed I have put some in their water... ok so if you mix it with their feed .. that would be one pound of DE to 50 pounds of feed?? or did I miss something??
     
  5. beckt

    beckt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mis the DE into the feed. I use the 2% rule. Which is 1# to 50# of feed. But I must confess, like Speckledhen I sometimes eyeball it.
     
  6. Chvywmn

    Chvywmn New Egg

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    I have a silly question...what is DE??

    Thanks!
     
  7. Billina

    Billina Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree with the silly question - what is DE? And while we're at it, what is DH?
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  9. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think DH means Dumb husband..lol
     
  10. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or in my case, darling husband
     

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