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How Much Diatomaceous Earth to Use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pwog, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. pwog

    pwog Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    I have been going through the posts on Diatomaceous Earth, but I can't find how much I should use. I use pine shavings in my coop.

    Any advice?

    P
     
  2. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why do you want to use DE?

    What problem/issue are you trying to solve with it?


    Don't just use stuff because other folks use stuff. I don't use DE at all (yet). I don't have a problem with moisture or mites. (the two things I see/hear folks using DE for)



    Fog
     
  3. pwog

    pwog Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, That is why I want to use it (mites and Moisture) - I already got a 50 lb bag (food grade). I figured I would be proactive.
     
  4. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hobby Farms Magazine uses DE in a recipe for a dust bath.

    1 part of fine sand
    1 part ashes
    1 part garden soil (no fertilizer)
    1 part DE

    Mix together for a dust bath.
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I love DE! It's one of the best products ever for chickens. Not only does it prevent mites, fleas, bugs, flies, bugs, ect... It keeps the odor down. I have not had one single bug in the coop, not even a fly. It takes care of internal worms if eaten too.

    I sprinkle a little on the concrete floor then add my chips. I will add more DE every two weeks, but I try and use it sparingly. It's very dusty! I wear a mask when cleaning the coop or using DE. DE is 100% natural, but make sure it's food grade. It's great for human use too, but I've never tried it. I guess it detoxifies your body.
     
  6. billl2099

    billl2099 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:i agree, love the stuff. i also feed it to the feral cats as a dewormer,
     
  7. Klwright1122

    Klwright1122 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So...I bought a 40 pound bag the other day too... We have gotten so much rain this month and with the humidity--my run and coop are smelly, flies, etc... I have the "fine" DE. Can I put it in a fertilizer spreader and spread it my coop that way...or do I have to rake it in...mix it up, etc.?
     
  8. clanreed

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    Quote:I think you will find that the DE is to fine for the fertilizer spreader. To spread DE in the garden or on the animals(goats and dogs), we have always used a very fine kitchen sieve.


    ~Shannon
     
  9. Moonkssd

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    I use a fertilizer spreader for mine in my runs and in my dog run as well and it does a great job
     
  10. kschicks2013

    kschicks2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it okay to sprinkle the DE in the sand and rake it to mix it?
     

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