Safe age for DE?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OrpingtonHopeful, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. OrpingtonHopeful

    OrpingtonHopeful Songster

    May 17, 2009
    How old should chickens be before mixing DE into their bedding?

    Can I use it in the brooder for 4 wk old chicks? They have been spending a lot of time out in the yard playing (inside in the brooder at night) and I thought they might pick up bugs/mites/etc....
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


    Well not much of an answer. I just did a search and every opinion is different. from no minimum age to 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks and so on and so on. Lol I think you are safe with 4 week olds.
    Maybe others with more experience can chime in.

    Good luck
  3. LoveMyChicks2

    LoveMyChicks2 In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2009
    Raeford, North Carolina
    I'm a new chicken mamma so I'm sure others can give better advice. My chicks are 2 days shy of 3 weeks. I dusted them with DE a few days ago and they are fine. I found little tiny "seed" ticks under their wings which is why I dusted. Took care of the creepy crawlers and chicks are just as happy as always.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    yes at 4 wks it would be just fine, I have and no problems what so ever.


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