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I just bought DE- doesnt say food grade, is it ok

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kristip, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought some DE at Farm and Fleet. it does not say food grade on it. Is it ok to use in the coop with the girls?
    thanks
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If it doesn't say food grade on it, I wouldn't feed it. If you haven't opened it, perhaps you can return it?
     
  3. tarragon

    tarragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't. Mine specifically says food grade, and non food grade has added ingredients that can harm the birds, from what I've read. Can you return it?
     
  4. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where do you get food grade?
     
  5. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    going to get some food grade this afternoon at the farm coop, my cat has a gut bug and I have dosed him twice with Flagyl... just noticed he is sickly looking again this morning, gonna put it in his water all the time to see if that helps.....
     
  6. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    The bag MUST say FOOD CHEMICAL CODEX GRADE. If it does not, it is not safe for animal use.

    Call around to local feed mills, not huge chain stores. Some use food grade DE in animal feed, since it is great at pest control (no more than 2% is used in a feed mix). I know my local mill uses it, but doesn't stock it for customers. But if I ask and pay in advance, they'll order an extra bag in the next shipment for me. $14 for 40lb, which is great. Some people pay more than $50 because they order online and have to have it shipped, which is ridiculous!
     
  7. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:$14 for 40# is a good price, the Coop wants $24 for 50#....
     
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Quote:putting it in water isn't going to work too well, it really only works when it's dry. [​IMG]
     
  9. crookedcreekranch

    crookedcreekranch Out Of The Brooder

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    I had trouble finding it as well. Someone told me to get Sweet PDZ. It is advertised for horse stalls but is fine for chickens as well. You can check out their website and it says OK for chickens. Almost any farm/feed store has it. I have been using it for about 3 months now. Has really cut down on the flies.
     
  10. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:putting it in water isn't going to work too well, it really only works when it's dry. [​IMG]

    I know it needs to be dry to deter plants bugs, I thought I had read that you could put it in water.... okay, so how should I does my cat if he eats dry food, will he get enough if I add to his kibbles??
     

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