To use or not to use....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by happyhen, May 16, 2008.

  1. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    I have feed grade DE (>1% crystaline silica) and not food grade DE (>0.3-0.7% crystaline silica). I don't intend to add it to the chick feed, just dust the coop and bedding in hopes of reducing creepy crawlers and odors.

    After a day spent researching this site and others, I still have concerns if the dust will be harmful to the chicks eyes and respiratory system.

    Can anyone help clear up my confusion?
  2. Peeps

    Peeps In the Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    Well, I use DE and I have happy healthy birds. I put it in the food & throw it around the coop. I use food grade.
  3. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Ditto what peeps said! [​IMG]
  4. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I bought the organic grade, for dusting, not planning on feeding it to the chickens. Jut need it for the garden and the chicken dust bathing areas. I am happy with it.

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