Questions about D. E.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sandy sea, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do you buy food grade D E ? How much do you use per foot in a coop? How often do you add it? I an using pine wood chips in my coop and would like to add DE. I remove the dirty looking wood chips every week and add new chips at that time. Would that be the best time to add D E?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I use the deep litter method and sprinkle DE over all the shavings, the roosts and the nest boxes on the days I turn my shavings. I use an old flour sifter from my kitchen to sprinkle a fine layer of the DE.
    I found DE at our local farmer's co-op, but I know it's available online as well.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We get our food-grade DE from our local co-op which also happens to be a feed outlet. I use about 4 cups for a 10x10 coop and I sprinkle it around the perimeter at cleanup, and in any crevices, like the spaces between floor planks. Sometimes I do this without changing bedding by raking the bedding back from the edges then covering the DE after. But yes, when you change bedding is a good time and don't worry about mixing it in- no need to create a dust cloud. Let your birds mix it in gradually while scratching. Be sure to use it at doorways and around the perimeter of your run unless you're expecting rain. [​IMG]

    Miss Prissy has often suggested putting some in the foot of a stocking or old panty hose with Sevin to use as a powder-puff treatment for things like lice...
     
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  4. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering the price of a bag of DE?
     
  5. I pay $20.00 for 50 lbs but I pick mine up from a exotic food seller at the flea market. Google Golden Blend Group and see if they have a rep in your area, Perris is great so someone should know something, maybe in Riverside. Just be sure its food grade I have a flour sifter and just dunk it on nests and I use hay in the coop also rub a good handful on the roosts when i change the hay marrie
     

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