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If I buy a 5lb bag of DE

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by birdy_num_nums, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums Out Of The Brooder

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    and will have an 8x8 coop and large run (square footage yet to be determined) for 11 chooks, how long will the bag last me? Yes, that is FIVE pound (not 50).

    This is all new to me (# of chooks, use of DE, size of coop, etc.) and don't want to buy too much in case I don't think DE is doing much for me. But I also don't want to buy too little and not give DE a fair chance.

    Suggestions? How fast do you all go through a 50lb bag?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Depends on how much you need to use it as well as how you use it. A 50lb bag will last me 3/4 of a year. I use it more in summer than any other time.
     
  3. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think i mix about 3-5 pounds in the pine shavings in a 10x10 for one application. :|

    So it won't last very long at all.
    My 50 pound bag is almost gone. But I have 4 outdoor animal houses as well as indoor animals.
     
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  4. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats an awful lot of DE for one application! Holy Cow!
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Yeah I would say it won't last long. I have a 20x7 coop and went through about 70 pounds in a year. I do also sprinkle it in the horse barn and pasture area. (as well as my veggie garden etc.)
     
  6. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a 50 lb bag and kept most of it the basement with two dehumidifiers running at all times. One bag was kept outside in a huge Rubbermaid container so that it was availabe whenever I needed it. It's been a year and I still have a little more than 50 lbs. left. I don't know what your situation is, but I saved a lot of money buying in quantity, and that was throught the mail.[​IMG]
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've used about 5 pounds in 8 weeks for brooder and coop( 12 golden comets). This was to set up from scratch. Like Miss Prissy I expect my 50 pounds to last about a year. Good value. Oh I use it in the run, too, to set up a perimeter against parasites.
     
  8. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    y'all must know how to spread it thinner than i can. aI saw someone using a collander that would burn a #50 bag quick.. maybe you don't cover as well as I think I might have to?
     
  9. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree DLS. I figure if i have 35-50 pounds of wood shavings in there, adding 3 pounds of de would be less than 10%. Any less than 10% probably wouldn't even do anything since it is not a strong chemical in the first place.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have several coops and pens and if I'm careful, 50 lb may last five or six months.
     

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