To use or not to use....

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

  1. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

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    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

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    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
    NJ
    Ditto what peeps said! [​IMG]
     
  4. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

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    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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