Questions on DE

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Farmer Kitty, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    First- I called my local co-op and asked about Food Grade DE. He told me he didn't know it came in different grades but, they seasonabley handle DE for dusting plants in the garden, lawns, etc. Is this the same stuff?

    Second- I'm in WI where our overnight temps are below freezing now and daytime temps are in the 40's although, soon daytime temps will be at or below freezing. Do I need to use DE for the winter (not having trouble) or will the cold temps keep any bugs at bay?

    Third- I have an 8 x8 coop and a run that is roughly 8 x 12, how much DE would I need at a time to dust this area?

    I know it's alot of questions but, they sort of go hand in hand.

    Thanks in advance! [​IMG]
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    This is the DE you grade DE. Hope it is some help.

    I plan on using it a "just-in-case" for mites/lice since our winters are usually mild here.

  3. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Quote:Actually, Winter IS the only time we get them here. I think it's because the birds are confined during most of the day...I don't know?

    Perhaps others here can help you....but, yes I use it year round!
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    The DE for plants and gardens is not the food grade.

    Try asking for Fossil Flour, they may not know it by DE.
  5. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I get my DE at it is the kind you can use for chickens and goats too...also I can get it at my feed store but I dont need 50 lbs of it at a I get it from Hoeggers...FYI

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