St. Gabriel Organics DE......is it safe...?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gbharden, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. gbharden

    gbharden In the Brooder

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    I bought this DE at the farm supply to feed my chickens and put down in their coop....and have done so. But now, I'm wondering if it is the safe kind. It says: Silicon Dioxide 85%, other element oxides 10%. I even put it all over my dogs, and in their kennel. Am I killing my pets? Please help? This DE issue is soooo confusing. I thought with it being organic....it would be safe!! It says insect dust. Help?!!
     
  2. codybird

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    Their website says the insect dust (DE) is made from food grade DE.

    I have been using it for three weeks and my chickens are not dead yet.
     
  3. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I'm pretty sure that is NOT the right kind. Their website shows what I think is their new kind. If it has a head with sharp teeth on the front it is not food grade. You don't want that much silicon in it.

    eta: I just did some research and food grade DE has less than 1% silicon.
     
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  4. gbharden

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    Thank you so much. I, too, just found their website and discovered the same. I'm so glad. I was really worried. Thanks again!
     
  5. gbharden

    gbharden In the Brooder

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    No, mine looks like the one they show on their website. It does sound like alot of silicone. However, it does say that it is made from Food Grade DE. Mine does NOT have the head with teeth...
     
  6. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Hmmm... wonder why the difference in silicon? Perma guard's food grade DE has less than 1%. [​IMG]
     
  7. gbharden

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    Another question I had was......after this "dust" gets wet...like out in a dog kennel, from rain......is it still effective or do I need to reapply?
     
  8. SteveP612

    SteveP612 Chirping

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    I also bought some of the same kind. My bag says something like Pet Approved brand on the front. Only used it for a little while becasue I bought some from the feed store that says it can be fed to live stock. The new DE even looks differnt than the one from St. Garbriel. The St. Gabriel is kinda grey where this new kind is white. Dont know if that matters or not.
     
  9. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
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    wet shouldn't hurt the de. It is effective when they eat it and i'm sure it gets wet in their digestive tract.
     
  10. codybird

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    The instructions say reapply if it gets wet.

    Weird.

    The digestive tract is definitely a wet environment.
     

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