How Much DE to dustbath?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ClareScifi, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to buy some food grade shell flour (diatomaceous earth) to put in the chickens' dust bath area. How much of it should I apply to the dirt, and do I need to cover it with pine shavings or just mix it in with my hand?

    How often do I need to reapply it, if it doesn't rain?

    I have just 2 hens and they share one small dust bath area.

    Thanks for your help,

    Clare
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    It should be used sparingly, just a dusting, as it is so irritating to lungs. It will not give a complete kill. I prefer poultry dust, usually permethrins, sometimes with pyrethrin.
     
  3. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. How much of that permythrin do you use in their dustbath? Or do you dust them with it another way?
     

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