How to "spray" DE?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ellie, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I bought a pump sprayer for powders but it won't budge the de. There is one online I can order but it is $40.00. How do y'all spread or spray it around? I am using my hands and throwing it at this point, but am sure I am being wasteful

    thanks,
    Ellie
     
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  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Where are you trying to dust/spray/throw the de??

    Try putting it into an old sock, pillowcase or other 'bag' and 'bump the bag where you want the dust.

    Be careful when using it on blooming plants..it will also kill good bugs (such as honeybees) as well as bad ones. The honeybees will track it back to the hive and it will kill the larvas.
     
  3. Galaxie_Man

    Galaxie_Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a stainless steel flour sifter. I think it holds about 4 cups, which is alot. To cover the floor of my coop (6'X8') and the areas outside where they roll in the dirt doesn't even use one sifter full.
     
  4. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good idea.
     
  5. Galaxie_Man

    Galaxie_Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks, but it wasn't mine. Someone had suggested it in a post about DE a couple of months ago when I was getting started with DE. It made sense to me, I am just passing on the knowledge. [​IMG]
     
  6. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, but it wasn't mine. Someone had suggested it in a post about DE a couple of months ago when I was getting started with DE. It made sense to me, I am just passing on the knowledge. [​IMG]

    That is what I love about this forum. Everyone is so willing to share their ideas. [​IMG]
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, but it wasn't mine. Someone had suggested it in a post about DE a couple of months ago when I was getting started with DE. It made sense to me, I am just passing on the knowledge. [​IMG]

    I was gonna recommend that too, we must have read the same post. [​IMG]
     
  8. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is slightly off-subject, but I recently inquired into having a 50 lb. bag of DE shipped to me, and the shipping costs will be the same amount as the bag of DE! Is this just the way it is? If so, guess I'll have to bite the bullet because I can't seem to find a local supplier of it.
     
  9. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    hensdel....., Have you checked with your local (hometown) feedstores? Our's carry it, they usually have it in the spring of the yr.--It might be cheaper than than ordering one bag...Dixe
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I, too, use an old flour sifter that I keep in the bag of d.c. I also keep an old plastic measuring cup...a large one. I use the sifter for the coop floor and nests and the cup I use to toss into their dusting spots under the bushes. Sometimes I just use my hands. It is food grade.
     

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