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question about using DE in the run area

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lorain's fids, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    I just put down sand mixed with some pea gravel in the new run area. Now before I let the girls in there should I mix some of the food grade de into the sand. And if so about how much. The total run is 6x12, but I only put sand/pea gravel in a 6x6 area which is the part with the roof. Should the grass/dirt also be dusted with DE or just the sand area?
    I am learning as the girls are growing- 8 weeks old this week.

  2. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    I think you will be fine putting it down with the sand, ( How much) just a hand full here and there.
  3. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    I agree, a couple of handfuls in with the sand and gravel. If you have a special tub for dust bathing it is good to put it in there too.

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