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How old do chicks need to be before using DE or chick grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by llamagirl, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. llamagirl

    llamagirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read a lot on these posts about the benefits of food grade diatomaceous earth. I was wondering how old do chicks need to be before you start sprinkling it on their food or use it for fly control? I don't have chicks yet but, I wanted to buy this as a preventitive.
    How old do they need to be before setting out grit?[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2009
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:grit you can give it to them at day 1 they have it for chicks at tsc, DE I have no clue because I did not use it yet.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2009
  3. llamagirl

    llamagirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Omran! Anyone else know the answer to the DE question?[​IMG]
     
  4. homestead5er

    homestead5er Out Of The Brooder

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    My chick's are three week's old and I'm using it in the brooder. When I clean it I put it on the bottom before I replace the pine chips.
     
  5. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    Savannah,MO
    you cna use DE after 1 week.
     
  6. sgarrison

    sgarrison Out Of The Brooder

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    I started sprinkling mine on around 2 weeks, I use deep litter throughout fall and winter, and mix it into the bedding, and have no problems w/ bugs. etc. I have read that it is bad to inhale though so I make sure to do it when the girls are out so they don't breathe in the dust....
     
  7. llamagirl

    llamagirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for helping a Newbie.[​IMG]
     

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