How Often Do You Add DE to the Feed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickie Mamma, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello... I have some food grade DE that I usually spread around the nest boxes after cleaning them, but I noticed some of you mix it with the feed. I use Layer crumbles for 5 large birds. How often would you use it mixed with the feed and does it really help with parasites? There are so many different opinions with DE. Thanks..
  2. Run-A-Muck Ranch

    Run-A-Muck Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use it daily. When I fill the bird feeders I mix it right into that. It usually lasts about 2 days before I fill it again. I put it in the nest boxs and sprinkle it on the ground for the birds...I also have a pan set out for the birds. They dont' always use that (speically in the winter). The other animals get it daily too....the rabbits have it mixed in there feed daily, along with the pigs, sheep, llamas, horse, goats. It goes right into there feed. And then sprinkled into the bedding too for each of the animals. I give it to our dogs and cats too.
    I know not everyone might agree with using it daily, but we haven't had any problems with it, so I keep doing it....
    I know my mom uses it daily also with all her animals.
  3. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    I mix it in the food once a month. It lasts about a week to 10 days. I also sprinkle it in the shavings once a month. I don't think chickens can OD on DE. I personally think once a month is fine unless you are having problems with lice and mites.
  4. chicken parm

    chicken parm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2008
    I heard DE is a good natural wormer, is that true? were do you get it?
  5. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Quote:Hello, yes I heard it helps with worms etc.. I have never had a bug problem or worms, so I guess it works. But up til today, I only used it to line the bottom of the house after it is cleaned. So I guess they ate it too. I only can find it online because our feed stores here do not carry it. It has to be FOOD GRADE. There is another one on the market that is used for pool filters and that will poison the flock.
  6. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    Once a month is the way I use.
    and get it from cltlers supply.Twice a year total cleaning of the coop it gets dusted all over before fresh shaving go down .
    but in the nest i do everyso often when I see
    they need to be brushed out.
    My ladies like a clean house LOL
  7. Run-A-Muck Ranch

    Run-A-Muck Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    On the packages I get it says you use 1 pound per 50 pounds of food daily. I have never had a bug, worm, or any other problem with any of our animals. But I do use it daily. Now obviously the birds don't go through 50 pounds of feed every other day. But it's still used daily for them.
    We get our DE from a feed mill by my moms. 50 food grade DE is less than $15.00...I haven't bought it for awhile (got 3 bags last time so would have to check exact price).
  8. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Quote:Thats a good price! I have to have it shipped and it costs more for shipping than the actual bag. I only order 5 pounds at a time. I only have 5 birds so it does last. Thanks for all the replys!! [​IMG]
  9. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    DE is Great!! I use it daily as well. I had so many bad wierd problems with my birds. Then I started giving them DE and now, they are like a new flock!!!!
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I personally don't put DE in my birds feed. I do sprinkle it around in their runs, coops, poop pit, where they dust bathe.

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