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Is DE different from Lime?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicksgalore, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    I guess it probably is but before I started reading all this about DE on this forum, we were always told to dust our coop and chickens with lime to prevent lice/mites/or whatever. I never heard of DE before. Anyone know anything about lime?
  2. Yes!

    Never use real lime (mason's lime) around animals- very dangerous and will burn them. Terrible stuff.

    You can used hydrated lime (ground limestone) , buy from a pet or agricultural source and be sure it is safe.

    Alternatives are specialized products like Stable Boy and Stall-Dri, I've used both safely.

    Diatomaceous Earth (DE, food grade) is wonderful in chicken coops and can be used to dust roosts, nesting boxes and bird bottoms!

    Your girls may appreciate a sand box treated with DE or an appropriate poultry pesticide like Dri-Kill so they can dust themselves whenever bothered by an external pest...ours use theirs several times a day.

    Last edited: Aug 11, 2008

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