Off to get my DE...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jsto, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2007
    North Carolina
    ...driving 1 hour there and back for it. Is that crazy?! Couldn't beat the $21 price tag on that lovely 50lb bag! I couldn't find it anywhere around close by...everyone looked at me like I was asking for Kryptonite. I'm so excited to start using it after reading up on it for weeks. Sounds like a miracle dust! Seems strange that more places don't carry/use it considering you can use it with all your pets and even yourself.

    Hope everyone is having a good Friday! I personally can't wait for the weekend to begin [​IMG]

    Edited because apparently I can't type!
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2007
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Dont feel bad-I used to drive that far and paid $32 for 50#. Now, I've found someone closer that sells it cheaper, but you're right, people are fairly clueless about this stuff. My flies are so bad this year, no matter how much I replace shavings, no matter how much DE and Sweet PDZ I use.
  3. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    If you buy several bags, then you're even more economical! So [​IMG] to those who don't understand the "gold" value of DE!
  4. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2007
    Central Ohio
    Hi Cynthia, it's me again--your favorite pest! [​IMG]

    What are Sweet PDZ?

  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's a natural granular substance that is used in horse stalls for urine, to dry out the stall and make an inhospitable environment for flies to breed. It does seem to help with smell, but still.. I guess I waited too long before trying to combat the flies and they just bred too fast. Usually PDZ costs about 11-15 per 40 lb bag, but it isn't as versatile as DE-you don't put it in feed to kill bugs, etc. It's safe for the chickens to eat, though.
    And you're not a pest, LOL. I know a pest when I see one. And they're everywhere this year.
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  6. Jsto

    Jsto Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2007
    North Carolina
    I was planning on buying like 5 bags, but he had only 1 left. Just said to let him know a couple weeks before I'm in need and he'll order it. If I buy in bulk, even if I didn't use it myself, there are people around here who also had troubles finding it. My mother does a lot of work in the town I had to travel to in order to pick up, so I've just asked her to let me know in the future when she'll be there.

    Question: how long can you store the stuff, if it's in an airtight can/bin/whatever? I would think that so long as it didn't get wet, there's not much that could happen to it.

    I'm so excited! Can't wait to start dusting tomorrow! How much do I add to the feed? Or should I wait until they're older?
  7. Barb Schuetz

    Barb Schuetz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2007
    Viroqua, WI
    I don't know about age but I read somewhere to add 5%. If I find the link I'll repost:)
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Jsto, it's 2% or so of the total feed. Just eyeball it. You really can't technically overdose them, although I doubt you'd want to put too much in there. I usually just put maybe a 1/4-1/2 c. in the top of a new feed bag, in addition to what I put directly in their feed, and stir it around just to keep any bugs from being able to set up housekeeping in there. You can start now, too. And as long as it stays dry, it will last for years.
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  9. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2007
    upstate SC
    Jsto...where in NC did you get it. I am in SC....Might go for a drive if it isn't too far. Thanks Tink
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Tink, here are some Custom Milling reps in SC. Maybe there's one near you-they sell food grade DE, called Fossil Shell Flour by Perma Guard.

    Bartlett Milling - Florence, SC 843-669-6415

    Bartlett Milling - Greenville, SC 866-29-8512

    Craytonville Grocery - Belton, SC 864-338-7739

    Buena Vista Alpacas - Aiken, SC 803-594-0788

    G & G Milling -Bamberg, SC 803-267-8400

    Cook's Farm Supply Cowpen, SC 864-463-4255

    Cherokee Feed - Gaffney, SC 864-489-2508

    Randall Gooding - Bishopville, SC 803-428-2161or 803-428-7418
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