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I now have DE for their dust baths. What else is it used for?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bethanyrae, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. bethanyrae

    bethanyrae Songster

    Apr 5, 2009
    I have some food grade DE now, and am hoping it's going to rid of the little bugs I saw crawling on one of my hens, by putting it in the dust baths.

    But why is it called food grade?

    What else is it good for?

    And should I be careful about letting my pup sniff at it on the ground? There were all kinds of warnings on the bag about using eye and lung protection when handling it.

    I'm so excited to have this!


  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Put some in knee hi hose, tie if off and use like a powder puff to dust them under the wings and around the tush. Also, you can put a few cups in a bag of feed to kill any bugs that may get in and keep things dry. You can also sprinkle some in the nests where they sit alot. Sprinkle it under the roost in the shavings. It's food grade because it can be put into the feed.
  3. GwenDellAnno

    GwenDellAnno Chirping

    Jul 18, 2009
    Water Valley, AB
    It won't hurt your dog either. I sprinkled some into the dog food and swished it around so that all the dog food has a coating of the powder on it. The dogs don't seem to mind. Haven't seen any worms yet (which it is supposed to help eliminate), but it is also supposed to be good for coat and alot of other stuff. They even sell DE as a natural remedy for humans (for a lot more than you buy it at the feed store!!)

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