The wrong kind of DE - what will happen and why?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chicabee19, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I always read that you can't use the swimming pool kind of DE for your chickens, but never have heard why and what would happen to them.

    How is it different from the food grade?
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Here's a couple of answer I got off another few sites:
    The de that low's carry is called pool grade, it would be like feeding your animals ground up glass.

    Pool grade DE is Diatomaceous Earth produced for pool filters and it is treated with heat, causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to assume crystalline form. Pool grade DE should never be used for pest control. Swimming pool DE ranges from 60% to 70% free silica!

    I'd try and return what you bought, Chicabee.
    I bought a couple of small bags from Foy's Pigeon Supply.
  3. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    oh... ok, thanks! Good to know. [​IMG]

    I didn't buy any - I'm just studying up!

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