Lime vs DE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KSANDERS1, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. KSANDERS1

    KSANDERS1 Out Of The Brooder

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    The local feed store says lime works the same way as DE for sprinkling on bedding and pen areas for chickens. Is he correct? He, also, said that DE is bad for chickens. That it could kill them. Does he not know what I'm talking about when I ask for DE? [​IMG] Thanks, K
     
  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    He probably thinks your talking of the DE that is for pool filters, which is harmful to pets. Explain to him it is food grade DE or codex and maybe print a flyer off the internet to take in to him with all the nonharmful benefits of DE [​IMG]
     
  3. KSANDERS1

    KSANDERS1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. cluckychick, I will. But is he correct about the lime? I have bags and bags of it in the barn, if he is.
     
  4. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 2 completely different things.

    DE comes in food grade(uncommon and what you need) and industrial
    grade (for pools and not good for you or chickens)

    Lime comes in garden (mild) and straight lime (burns)

    Lime will help absorb smells as will DE but DE does so much more.

    Stall Dry (contains DE) and SweatPDZ are both available at feed stores
    and work well for odors. You will need food grade DE if you want to sprinkle the
    chickens and plants.

    Do a search here. There are plenty of online sources for DE.
     
  5. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
  6. Cory Cacciatore

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    I have been told the same thing by a man at our feed store.

    He suggested the lime over the food grade DE and said the same thing about mortality and explained that it is due to possible inhalation. He was also able to explain the active components and origins of both the DE and the lime - it was a very convincing sell for the lime.

    He did explain that they both work as well as each other, both being useful in the compost also. He said that he knew the above from experience, he had been raising chickens for decades.

    Good question, I look forward to reading further replies :)
     
  7. Cory Cacciatore

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